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Welcome to our live coverage of the all-British blockbuster clash between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte for the WBC heavyweight title.

We will have live updates from the undercard bouts as well as all the build-up to the main event, which is due to get under way between 10pm and 11pm.

Fury has promised a “war” when he defends his belt against Whyte at Wembley Stadium tonight despite some light-hearted exchanges between the pair on the eve of their showdown.

While the duo have been critical towards each other on social media for years, fight week has been remarkably cordial and restrained, and the bonhomie continued at Friday’s weigh-in.

After Fury scaled 18st 12lbs and 13oz – 12lbs lighter than when he defeated Deontay Wilder in their epic trilogy contest six months ago – he and Whyte were in playful spirits at the final stare down.

The 6ft 9in Fury emphasised his five-inch height advantage by standing on his tip-toes while Whyte, who came in at 18st 1lb and 4oz, played along by crouching down before they shook hands and traded caps.

“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.”

Fury – who has suggested on more than one occasion in the build-up that he will retire after the bout, irrespective of the outcome – is fighting on UK soil for the first time since August 2018.

The 33-year-old (31-0-1, 22KOs) has had five successive bouts in the United States since then, including three against Wilder, winning twice and drawing once, to become world champion again.

In his last two bouts against Wilder, Fury weighed well in excess of 19st as he showcased his power, particularly last October when he stopped the American in the 11th round. But by coming in almost a stone lighter 24 hours before facing Whyte in front of an estimated 94,000 crowd – a post-war British record – Fury might look to outbox rather than overpower the challenger.

Whyte was first installed as the WBC’s number one contender four years ago but has kept improving since then, refusing to rest on his laurels and take on opponents against whom he would be heavily favoured.

Instead he has seen off the likes of dangerous Joseph Parker and Oscar Rivas in recent years before avenging his defeat to Alexander Povetkin by stopping the Russian in his last bout 13 months ago.





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