Boxing-Fury ‘supremely confident’ ahead of WBC heavyweight title bout against Whyte

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he is "supremely confident" of defeating Dillian Whyte when the two Britons meet in April with Fury's title on the line.

The undefeated Fury (31-0-1), who beat Deontay Wilder to become WBC champion, will face mandatory challenger Whyte after a deal to fight Ukraine's WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title fell apart.

Whyte has been waiting years for a shot at the world title as the WBC's top-ranked contender.

"I am very, very confident," Fury told a news conference on Tuesday. "I am not down to earth – I am on top of it.

"There's not a 1per cent chance that I will lose the fight – I know I cannot lose. In the latter part of my career, I have to be supremely confident in my ability – which I am.

"If I am daft enough to get hit by him then I don't deserve to be heavyweight champion."

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After months of drawn-out negotiations, Fury's co-promoter Frank Warren won the purse bid in January with an offer of $41 million, beating Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn who was the only other bidder.

Fury is now set to receive 80per cent of the purse and Whyte the remaining 20per cent.

Whyte did not attend the event on Tuesday, opting to remain at his training camp in Portugal, with Fury and Warren saying he was unhappy about the terms of the contract.

"We ticked all the boxes and he signed the contract – at the last minute – and now he's trying to renegotiate," Warren said.

"He's getting eight times more than Tyson got when he fought (Wladimir) Klitschko. Dillian Whyte is in Portugal, it's disgraceful. He should be here – this is madness!"

"I thought he would have come here to be a part of big-time boxing," Fury added. "He's never been involved in a fight of this magnitude, and likely won't be ever again.

"For him to not be here and be a part of this, it messes up his legacy."

The fight will take place at London's Wembley Stadium on April 23.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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