In recent interviews, heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has been making a lot of noise about his past sparring sessions with WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Years ago, Whyte was helping Fury prepare for a scheduled fight with David Haye in 2013. The fight never happened as Haye withdrew with injury.
According to Whyte, he had his way with Fury during some of those sessions. Whyte alleges that he dropped Fury twice and says that particular incident made the ‘Gypsy King’ break down in tears.
Fury has denied Whyte’s claims, firing back with verbal bombs on social media.
However, Whyte is not fixating on his success against Fury in sparring. Whyte believes he has the necessary tools to beat Fury.
“Well, it’s not even about the sparring. I believe I can beat him, it’s not about the sparring,” Whyte said to Talk Sport.
“Sparring is sparring. I believe I can beat him and I know I can beat him when I’m fit and healthy. I’m not hanging on the sparring story, I just know deep down I can beat him and I have what it takes. Just like I said the first one who puts pressure on Deontay Wilder knocks him out.”
Whyte, who holds the WBC’s interim-title, is the mandatory challenger to Fury’s world title.
Before Whyte can get there, he’s scheduled to face former WBA champion Alexander Povetkin on August 22 in Brentwood. And Fury is set to fight Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight on December 19th, likely in Las Vegas.
“In heavyweight boxing, nothing is guaranteed. We’re making the right moves in the right direction, everything is going good. Honestly, I’m glad that the WBC scrapped the idea of making Tyson Fury the franchise champion. That makes me feel a lot better,” Whyte said.
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