Tyson Fury says press conference no-show Dillian Whyte is 'terrified'
'If I'm daft enough to get hit by Whyte - I don't deserve to be champion.'
Tyson Fury was the only boxer to show at the pre-fight press conference as he takes on Dillian Whyte for the heavyweight championship of the world at Wembley Stadium on April 23.
The Gypsy King is as confident as ever heading into his first fight back in the United Kingdom since 2018.
The heavyweight also champion discussed the war in Ukraine and praised the Ukrainian boxers that have enlisted in the military to defend their homeland. He also said he would do likewise if the UK became involved in the conflict.
Tyson Fury on the Dillian Whyte no-show.
Fury was nothing short of his humourous best as he joked about Whyte not attending the press conference.
The 33-year-old came up with a nickname for Whyte whilst also highlighting the fighter is 'terrified' ahead of their world title fight.
"This isn't about Dillian Whyte - it's about me. It's always going to be the Tyson Fury roadshow," said Fury.
"I have given him a new name Thrillian Whytenickers."
"He has shown the white flag today. He is terrified. The way he's going on about not having a face-to-face."
"It's fear, it's terror - all of the above. I don't blame him for not being here!"
Tyson Fury's fight prediction.
The Manchester native dismissed Whyte's boxing credentials labeling him as having 'a puncher's chance.'
The Gypsy King believes that the difference in class between the pair will result in a stoppage victory. Fury has said if Whyte damages him during the fight, he doesn't deserve to be the heavyweight champion of the world.
"I will prepare as I always do, he is no different. He has a puncher's chance and they know riches and glory await. I will chop him to bits, not a problem."
"You are going to see a boxing masterclass, there's levels to this game. I am not saying he's not capable, but there's a gulf in class."
"If I am daft enough to get hit by him then I don't deserve to be heavyweight champion."
"I don't see this going past round six, I will land on him."
Fury on the Russian conflict.
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, former world heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, former triple-weight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, and current world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk all joined Ukraine’s military.
“Fantastic,” Fury said about the involvement of Ukraine’s world boxing champions past and present in defending their country against the Russians. He said he'll do the same if the UK or America gets involved.
“I’ll be the first one to join up if England get involved. Or America. I’ll be first in line for the job."
"My dad will as well, and all the boys. We’ll all be signing up to defend. So, that’s all I’ve got to say. I think if you’re from that country and living there, defend her." Fury said.
“Love your woman and fight for your country. That’s what I say.”