Top Rank's Todd DeBoef is expecting an official announcement on the upcoming Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte clash, as soon as today, as the all-British heavyweight clash moves a step closer.
“We are trying to get a situation where we can announce this early next week. I think we may start to announce something as early as tomorrow (Friday 25th),” he told Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show.
“I’m going to be meeting with Queensbury, the officials, the Warrens and going over that stuff. That is what we are hoping to do. I actually came over early in the week hoping to get this announced today, so I think what we are trying to do is just get this thing announced - April 23rd is the date we are working on and I don’t see that wiggling at all. We just wanted to button up one open item with the Whyte camp before we did all that."
The fight is expected to take place at Wembley Stadium, but the American is sure that the bout will take place, even when asked if Fury’s Nevada boxing licence would pose an issue.
“No, not at all. I think we are all done,” he said with certainty. “We are going - boom - ahead.”
Despite Whyte’s silence until this point, it now seems DeBoef believes he will show up to the opening press conference, and finally face up to the verbal challenge the Gyspy King has peppered him with over the last few weeks.
“We just want to wrap up some of the details with the Whyte camp and we just want to time it nicely. Get tickets on sale, make the announcement correctly, try to get both fighter’s availability for a press conference, and if we can’t - how do we do that?
“But you know, you go back to Lewis vs Bruno, an all UK Heavyweight fight, and it goes back that far. This might well be one of the biggest UK Heavyweight fights of all time.”
Working with other promoters in the UK hasn’t proved to be too much of an issue for TopRank so far, and DeBoef was complimentary of the work Sky have done in raising the profile of the sport.
“I’ve been salivating at the UK and what Sky has done a terrific job over the last decade and a half and positioning it next to football and the Premier League on their programming schedule. That in itself has allowed the sport to get great exposure and build up an incredible fanbase. It’s a template for the rest of the world.”