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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte is finally here, 94,000 fans flock to Wembley for the biggest British fight in 29 years

WHEN Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte finally meet in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium tonight it will be boxing at its most brilliant.

The build up this exciting all-English duel for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship – the first of its kind in 29 years – should have been a celebration of both men and the show they are about to put on.

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will electrify Wembley on Saturday night

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Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will electrify Wembley on Saturday nightPhoto credit: Getty
Lennox Lewis defeated heavyweight rival Frank Bruno by a seventh-round TKO in their highly anticipated fight at Cardiff Arms Park in October 1993

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Lennox Lewis defeated heavyweight rival Frank Bruno by a seventh-round TKO in their highly anticipated fight at Cardiff Arms Park in October 1993Photo credit: Getty

Unfortunately Fury’s relationship with Dubai mobster Daniel Kinahan – Who has now had his assets frozen in the UAE – made most of the fanfare and fanfare poisonous and fearful.

Luckily – in the warped way that only boxing can truly handle – when the lights go out, the anthems play, the fighters enter and the opening bell rings, all suspicions, whispers and accusations will dissipate for a maximum of 36 minutes of gladiator action.

Almost three decades ago, Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno had a similar showdown in Cardiff that gripped the entire nation.

The relationship between the two remains chilly to this day, a real and respectable pin that has never quite unraveled due to the words exchanged leading up to Lewis’ seventh-round KO win.

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Britain has had iconic combative moments since, thanks Carl Froch’s great retirement punch that ended his one-on-one rivalry with George Groves in 2014.

and Anthony Joshua almost single-handedly sold the home of English football when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko there in 2017 and Alexander Povetkin on the same sacred turf in 2018.

But to pit two British, English-speaking stars from the blue rib band division of boxing against one another at the home stadium of the English football team is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Promoter Frank Warren’s £31m bid broke a world record, as did ticket sales, despite everyone in the industry knowing they’re dealing with an undercard as skinny as an anorexic flyweight.

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And the feeling surrounding the occasion is that both men want to live up to the hype and expectations.

Unconquered Rage – despite being 6ft 9 inches tall and gifted with incredible agility and speed – he has been dropped six times in his career. why was stopped by AJ and Povetkin and had wars he could have lost to Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker.

The vulnerabilities in this fight – between two reformed villains who share nearly 40% of their brawn and wickedness – are almost as alluring as their superhuman strength.

So when, rightly or wrongly, the temporary dust settles on Fury’s connections to an organized crime syndicate that has allegedly flooded British sport with drug money, only two guys will be left standing in a ring fighting for their lives .

There are also wads of (clean) cash and a few garish gold belts on the line.

But – and even the most decrepit cynic shouldn’t be able to convince you otherwise – for those 36 minutes, both men are thrown back into a bear pit or amphitheater, fighting for survival and entertainment.

This is a night that might make you proud to be British again.

Fury and Whyte at the weigh-in on Friday

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Fury and Whyte at the weigh-in on FridayPhoto credit: Reuters

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