Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte london fight
"Who would have guessed?" Tyson Fury inquired, almost in disbelief. "Even we didn't expect to sell 90,000 tickets at Wembley."
Dillian Whyte is taking place in front of a record-breaking 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, and even Fury is hard to comprehend the magnitude of the event.
The battle will establish a record for the greatest crowd for a fight in the twenty-first century, as well as the largest in Europe – a fitting setting for these two British boxers.
In previous years, the build-up to certain heavyweight fights has been driven by animosity between the participants, but this one is different.
Fury referred to their days together a decade ago during a news conference on Wednesday, when the duo would go head-to-head in sparring during training camps.
Much has changed since Fury and Whyte were those inexperienced boxers on "a tremendous trip," as Fury put it, and the two are now the main attraction on one of boxing's greatest nights in history.
"Have we done something wrong?" Fury said.
Former heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who has been assisting Fury in his preparation for Saturday's bout, is one man who knows the Mancunian well.
"It's going to be a tough battle, but it's going to be a fantastic fight," Parker told CNN Sport. "Both men have been very well prepared... someone is going to get knocked out."
That "someone" is, of course, Whyte. "Tyson will knock him out in the middle rounds, between five and nine," Parker predicts.
Heavyweight boxing has had many great battles in recent years, with Fury being part in many of the best, and Parker feels Saturday's match is "right up there."
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