What’s Dillian Whyte’s Game Plan Against Tyson Fury?
Back in February, Tyson Fury was able to control the rematch against Deontay Wilder for about seven rounds. It was a huge difference compared to the initial bout where Wilder played the aggressor. Interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte saw a difference in both fighters during their fights and had an idea on how to win the undisputed title.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Whyte (27-1) discussed how he can do what Wilder couldn’t. In the rematch, Wilder tried relying on his power as he did in the first bout. A twelfth-round knockout highlighted the first fight, but Wilder’s offense was nowhere to be found in the rematch.
“He [Fury] knows Deontay Wilder doesn’t hit as hard as what everyone makes out, and Deontay Wilder can’t body punch,” Whyte stated.
“Had Wilder been hitting him in the body, earlier in the fight, he wouldn’t have been able to get up from that punch in the later rounds, but his body was fresh, his legs were fresh.”
Wilder and Fury are scheduled for a rematch against one another sometime in November or December. If Fury was to win, his agreement (in principle) fight with Anthony Joshua would take place in 2021. Whyte, however, who has taken action against the WBC, has been notified that he must get a title shot after Wilder v. Fury III. This is according to the WBC.
If Anthony Joshua is preoccupied with Kubrat Pulev and Oleksandr Usyk, that would leave Fury wide open for the taking. Whyte believes he has the advantage over Fury following a few sparring sessions the two were involved in together. He revealed he dropped Fury several times, giving him something over the lineal champion.
As far as how one can beat Fury, Whyte believes Wilder’s mistake was just going in for the kill. Calculating strikes, something he believes he can produce, will help for a future bout.
“There was no body punching going on, Wilder can only head hunt. You can shake the head punches off sometimes, but when your body is broken down, and you’ve been hit up and down – that’s how you’ve got to fight Fury, you have to fight up and down. You can’t just head hunt,” Whyte went on to say.
“He’s a tough guy, he gets up, but I’m going to be targeting head and body, relentless all night long, so it will be a different story. He’s got all these skills and all this other stuff, but I’m an animal and I’ll come to fight, simple as that.
Whyte is currently scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin for the interim title on August 22. It will be the main event of Matchroom Boxing’s “Fight Camp” finale.