Tyson Fury: My fight against Dillian Whyte is biggest all-British clash in nearly 30 years

Tyson Fury mocked Dillian Whyte after he failed to turn up to the first press conference ahead of their April 23 fight.

Tyson Fury claims his showdown with Dillian Whyte will be the biggest British bout since Lennox Lewis fought Frank Bruno.

That is of course, as long as Whyte shows up after failing to turn up to their promotional press conference for the April 23 bout.

Not that Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, was going to let his absent opponent take the shine off his latest moment in the spotlight.

The Gypsy King was as charismatic as ever and mocked his rival by going to face-to-face with his AWOL challenger before promising to win 'for England'.

Fury said: "I've got a new name for him. He is called 'Frillian White Knickers', because he is as soft as it says in the title.

"He has shown his colours today. He gets upset and causes a ruckus, now he has given me that much more confidence.

"I'm not concerned because this is the Tyson Fury roadshow, it's never about the opponent.

"He's ugly anyway, this is about me and celebrating my legacy and celebrating it on the biggest stage possible.

"It doesn't matter who it is, it's always going to be the Tyson Fury roadshow.

"He's definitely raised the white flag for this fight. He doesn't want to go face-to-face because he would see the fire in my eyes and know he's getting smashed to bits. It's fear, it's terror and I don't blame him for not being here today."

Tyson Fury

April's fight, which will take place in front of an expected 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, is excited ahead of his first fight in England since 2017.

"It's been a rollercoaster of a ride. I've been across the ocean and now - after four years away - I get to come back to Wembley Stadium with almost 100,000 fans there," he added.

"I believe it's the biggest British heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis against Frank Bruno (in October 1993).

"Who knows it could be me who gets chinned? But I think, when I land the Lancaster bomber on his jaw, it'll be over.

"It could be over in round one or in round six but I don't think it will go past that."

Speaking after the press conference, Fury said he would retire after fighting Whyte.

He told reporters: "This is the final fight of my career, I'm retiring after this.

"I'm going to buy a massive yacht abroad. I'm retiring, I'm out, this is my final fight, I'm done."

Tyson Fury during the press conference at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Tuesday March 1, 2022.

Promoter Frank Warren, meanwhile, branded Whyte 'disgraceful' for demanding and then turning down the offer of a private jet to fly him over from his Portugal base for the press conference.

Whyte is only entitled to 20 per cent of the purse and there was speculation he was seeking to renegotiate terms before signing his contract last week, but Warren maintained the 33-year-old would receive a career high payday.

"I've never heard of a fighter not showing up to a press conference," Warren said.

"He's getting eight times more than Tyson got to fight (Wladimir) Klitschko, he's getting more than (Anthony) Joshua got paid to fight (Charles) Martin, he's getting more than (Oleksandr) Usyk got to fight Joshua.

"Champions bank on themselves to win, that's what they do to become the king: you win the title, you get the money.

"It's just not right. We are where we are but Dillian Whyte is in Portugal. He should be here. It's disgraceful that he's not here, it's not professional.

"The atmosphere is going to be brilliant. All we need is the other side of the card to show up!"

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