Where Tyson Fury is set to fight Dillian Whyte after Manchester United comments

Tyson Fury will likely take on Dillian Whyte in his mandatory defence of his world heavyweight title at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, rather than his preferred venue of Old Trafford.

The Wythenshawe-born boxing powerhouse was ordered to fight his fellow countryman by the WBC on Tuesday.

Fury has not fought on British soil since August 2018 when he claimed a points win over Francesco Pianeta in Belfast.

The 33-year-old is famed for his fight-anywhere attitude, and has said on many occasions that he is unbothered by the location of his bouts.

However, a big Manchester United fan, Fury told SunSport in October that he would “love” to bring a world title fight back to Old Trafford.

He said: “It has always been a dream of mine to fight at Old Trafford. The last fight there was Eubank versus Benn in 1993 and that was massive.”

However, it now looks like his perfect homecoming return may not happen given the fight with Whyte is likely to take place in late February or early March.

Instead, Wales’ Principality Stadium – formerly known as the Millennium Stadium – looks to be the venue to host the fight due to its retractable roof amid expected cool temperatures.

Promoter Frank Warren told the MailOnline : “Whyte is a huge stadium event and it’s too cold that early in the New Year to go to Old Trafford.”

Where Tyson Fury is set to fight Dillian Whyte after Manchester United comments
© Alex Burstow/Getty Images Tyson Fury speaks into a microphone next to promoter Frank Warren at a press conference ahead of his heavyweight match against Tom Schwarz in May 2019

Furthermore, Whyte is not Fury’s dream opponent either.

Before his trilogy victory over Deontay Wilder in October, the undefeated Gypsy King made no secret of his desire to step into the ring for a belt unification contest with Anthony Joshua.

He later offered to help train him for his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title rematch with Olexsandr Usyk after he suffered his second professional career loss against the Ukrainian in October’s London bout.

Warren is keen for his fighter to keep his fight night juices flowing and get him back in the ring as quickly as possible.

He added: “There has been too much messing around with this.

“Tyson needs to box in the New Year and we have reached the point where we must get on with the Whyte fight.”

Whyte was due to face Otto Wallin in October before suffering a shoulder injury with just weeks to go.

Fury and Whyte’s camps now have 29 days to complete negotiations before purse bids are called.

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