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Tyson Fury says heavyweight title defence vs. Whyte on April 23


Tyson Furyโ€™s world heavyweight title defence against Dillian Whyte will take place on April 23, the WBC champion said on Tuesday while announcing a social-media blackout until after the all-British fight.

Details of the fight havenโ€™t been announced by either boxerโ€™s promoter.

However, Fury took to Twitter to reveal the date of the bout, hours after saying Whyte had signed a contract.

Accompanying the announcement by Fury was a video in which he said he was โ€œout of bounds until May”.

โ€œGonna go into training camp to give Dillian Whyte all the respect in the world that he needs,” Fury said. โ€œIโ€™ll never underestimate anybody in my life, and Iโ€™ll give this man all the respect he deserves.”

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The fight is set to be held in Britain.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 knockouts) hasnโ€™t fought since his dramatic 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in October, which completed their entertaining trilogy.

After months of drawn-out negotiations, Frank Warren, Furyโ€™s U.K. promoter, won a purse bid for the bout at just over $41 million. Thatโ€™s the richest purse bid in boxing history.

Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Furyโ€™s belt and is getting his first world title shot.

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