Tyson Fury predicts he will go to 'war' against Dillian Whyte in British battle

Tyson Fury told fans to expect a 'war' when he defends his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte.

The pair may have criticised each other in the past on social media but both were amicable during the weigh-in.

Laughing, shaking hands and dancing to music in front of the fans at BOXPARK Wembley, both men seem relaxed ahead of their British showdown in front of 94,000 fans.

After Fury scaled 264lbs 13oz - 12lbs lighter than when he defeated Deontay Wilder in their epic trilogy contest six months ago. Meanwhile, Whyte came in at 253lbs and four oz.

"I'm so happy to be back here (in the UK) fighting at Wembley Stadium," said Fury, who was afforded a hero's welcome on his entrance although Londoner Whyte was initially booed on to the stage.

"Respect to Dillian Whyte and his team, proper professional men, and we're going to give you a real fight.

"Don't doubt us, we're going to put a show on like no other before. It's going to be a war, don't worry about that."

Whyte will be challenging for his first world title and is looking to become the first fighter to inflict defeat on Fury's professional career.

The Brixton heavyweight says he will always carry a challenger's mindset even if he becomes world heavyweight champion.

Whyte has waited years for a shot at the WBC title now held by Fury and is determined to seize his opportunity in front of a record post-war British crowd of around 94,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Should he upset the odds and have his hand raised on Saturday night, Whyte's status as the WBC's mandatory challenger ahead of this showdown means there is no rematch clause in the contract.

Dillian Whyte

But Whyte, who insisted his mentality would remain the same irrespective of this weekend's result, is aware of Fury's standing as one of the finest fighters of his era and so would welcome a return bout - despite the champion suggesting more than once that he will retire from boxing after this fight.

"I want to fight the best," said Whyte. "Most believe he's the best of all-time, why would I not want the fight the best of all-time again? That's amazing. Imagine if I fight him two or three times.

"I'm not someone to run away from fights, I don't want to fight someone nobody cares about and then go 'I made this number of defences of the title'. I want to fight the best guys.

"It'll be good if I win, but even as champion, I'll still feel like a challenger. I won't think 'oh, I'm champion now, I call the shots'.

"If I've got £100million in the bank or £100, world champion or not world champion, I'll still be the same guy. I'm a bit more calm, a bit more mature, but I'm still the same guy."

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