Dillian Whyte is a NO-SHOW at the open media workouts ahead of huge heavyweight clash against Tyson Fury, with the ‘Bodysnatcher’ again refusing to take part in promotional duties to focus on training in the Algarve
- Dillian Whyte has opted not to take part in a number of promotional activities
- He was a no-show for Tuesday’s open workouts ahead of Saturday’s fight
- Previously, Whyte left Tyson Fury to conduct a pre-fight press conference alone
Dillian Whyte was a no-show for his scheduled open workout on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s huge showdown with Tyson Fury.
The ‘Bodysnatcher’ previously failed to turn up to a press conference promoting the event and was at loggerheads with the promoters after Frank Warren and Co won purse bids for the contest.
As news emerged that Whyte would not be working out in the ring at Wembley Park, Sky Sports’ head of Boxing, Adam Smith, said: ‘He’s been a no-show throughout the build-up. He wasn’t happy, I know the team with the original contractual situation, he didn’t come to the first press conference they had at Wembley.
Dillian Whyte chose no to show up at open workouts ahead of his fight with Tyson Fury
Fury and his team were in attendance at Wembley Park even without the opponent there
‘However, I know Dillian very well and his team. He’s been training ferociously hard out in the Algarve, locked up, holed up.
‘Actually thinking back to the many fights we’ve had with him on Sky, he tends to come in on a Tuesday, so he’s arriving today, he’ll get the jet in and I’m sure he’ll be there for the press conference tomorrow where they will come face-to-face for the very first time.
‘It won’t get to Tyson at all, he’s his own man, Dillian is his own man, it is part of the sub plot isn’t it.
He continued: ‘We love a bit of intrigue in the build-up to a huge fight, which this is. Dillian has added that, Tyson will just go on. Tyson will perform in front of his fans and I’m sure he’ll look very sharp.
The ‘Bodysnatcher’ is looking for the biggest scalp of his career at Wembley
‘I’m very much looking forward to seeing Dillian live, gauging his state of mind. I think he’s ready, he’s up for this, it’s his golden opportunity. He’s waited more than 1000 days for it and deserves his chance.’
Some reports claimed Whyte’s private jet was delayed in taking off, though the exact circumstances remain unclear.
Whyte begins the clash for the WBC title as a massive underdog against the ‘Gypsy King’, who remains undefeated.
Whyte recently made his feelings towards Fury clear, telling BT Sport: ‘This isn’t the Tyson Fury show; this is the Tyson Fury and Dillan Whyte show,’ Whyte said.
‘From where I stand, it’s the Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury show – but from where he stands, it’s the Fury-Whyte show. He’s heavyweight champion, so I understand what they’re doing, saying, whatever. But you can’t buy a high-performance car and not put high-performance fuel in it, and that’s what they’re trying to do.
All of the fighters in action on Saturday were supposed to train in front of the media
Whyte has been training hard in Portugal ahead of a potentially career-defining night
‘They won the [purse bid], they’re trying to treat me like nothing. They don’t want to pay anything, they don’t want to look after things properly. They wanted to just say: “Well, we won the fight, you have to do what we say.”
‘People forget that Tyson Fury didn’t turn up to the Wladimir Klitschko press conference. Everyone’s giving me stick, and he was contractually obliged to go to that – I wasn’t contractually obliged to go to any press conference.
‘I don’t care what Tyson Fury says, he says a lot of s***. His mouth’s like a toilet, he just keeps flushing and flushing and flushing and flushing. He just flushes any kind of random s*** that comes out of his mouth.
‘Me and him are gonna have a fight regardless, so I don’t care about mind games. I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior. If he wants it – any time, anywhere – I’m down. I don’t give a f*** about this, that and the other. He can’t get in my head. Even if he gets in my head, he’s only gonna find a lot of disturbance in there.’
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