Boxing-Fury pledges to 'annihilate' Whyte as showdown comes into focus

"You're getting annihilated, bum." ESPN said there had been a deal in principle for Whyte and Britain's former world champion Anthony Joshua, who lost his titles to Usyk, to step aside from planned bouts with Fury and Usyk respectively in exchange for millions of dollars. However, the deal fell apart after the parties tried to renegotiate, sources told ESPN on Thursday.


Reuters | Updated: 28-01-2022 05:02 IST | Created: 28-01-2022 05:02 IST
Boxing-Fury pledges to 'annihilate' Whyte as showdown comes into focus

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury's proposed showdown with Dillian Whyte appears to be moving closer after he pledged on Thursday to "annihilate" the mandatory challenger. A deal that would have seen Fury instead face Ukraine's WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title in June fell apart at the last minute, ESPN reported https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/33160478/sources-tyson-fury-dillian-whyte-fight-proceed-step-aside-deal-anthony-joshua-collapses, setting up the all-British clash.

"I can't wait to punch Dillian Whyte's face right in," Fury said in an Instagram video posted Thursday. "You're getting annihilated, bum." ESPN said there had been a deal in principle for Whyte and Britain's former world champion Anthony Joshua, who lost his titles to Usyk, to step aside from planned bouts with Fury and Usyk respectively in exchange for millions of dollars.

However, the deal fell apart after the parties tried to renegotiate, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The rights to the Fury-Whyte fight will be auctioned at Friday's purse bid, which has been postponed on several occasions to allow time for a step-aside deal to be wrapped up.

The 33-year-old Fury knocked out nL1N2S121D American Deontay Wilder to retain his WBC title in October and later underwent elbow surgery nL1N2R601J to repair an injury.

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