By Barry Holbrook: Gareth A. Davies believes that Dillian Whyte will choose to only appear for the weigh-in and the fight against Tyson Fury without attending any of the press conferences to promote the April 23rd fight.
By Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) not taking part in any of the press conferences for the fight he can avoid WBC heavyweight champion Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) getting into his head and throwing him off his game for their title fight on April 23rd at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
It obviously won’t make Fury’s promoters happy if Whyte chooses to avoid taking part in any of the press conferences because they bid over $40 million to win the purse bid to stage the fight.
With that kind of money expenditure, they expect Whyte to participate in the promotion aspects of the fight.
Assuming that Whyte has made up his mind and won’t be helping promote the fight, Fury will need to take up the slack and be a one-man promotion for the match.
What they need is a comic foil for Fury to bounce off of for the press conferences rather than him doing all the talking himself.
Fury made it through the launch of the fight on his own, but he may have problems if he doesn’t have anyone to interact with on stage in the final media events.
“Leading into this fight on April 23rd at Wembley Stadium, a total wall of silence, not coming to the press conference,” said Gareth A. Davies to TalkSport Boxing about Dillian Whyte. “We know what Tyson Fury is like. Is Whyte being very smart here?
“You don’t know what he’s going to do on any given day,” said Davies about Fury.
“I think so, I think he is because we know what Tyson Fury is like when you do go to the press conference. He always wins that battle every single time, whether that’s Klitschko or Wilder, he always seems to get on top,” said heavyweight Johnny Fisher.
“It’s interesting to know what kind of approach Dillian Whyte is taking. I don’t know if it’s going to have any effect on Tyson Fury because he’s mentally strong anyway, but one thing it will mean is he won’t get into his head during the press conferences. It probably is a smart move,” said Fisher.
“My reports are is that Dillian Whyte has moved up into the mountains and looks absolutely ripped,” said Davies. It would not surprise me if he doesn’t appear at the press conference on fight week and just comes to the weigh-in and the fight.