World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has posted throwback photos of himself and Dillian Whyte as tension between the two continues to rise ahead of their expected WBC clash.
They heavyweight boxers were training and sparring partners back in the day but have since become bitter rivals and their bad blood is nearing an in-ring settlement for Fury’s WBC title.
The Gypsy King uploaded a number of pictures of the two together to social media in response to Whyte, who uploaded a picture on Instagram with the caption: "The coward really doesn’t want any smoke.
"I can’t wait for my moment, it will be a special night."
Fury responded by posting the images to Twitter along with an accompanying caption which read: "Funny how people treat you when you are good to them.
"World’s gone mad #13%"
The 13 per cent referenced by Fury could be a suggestion to what he will offer his rival in negotiating the purse for each fighter.
Whyte is the WBC 'interim' champion and therefore the mandatory challenger for the title.
If the expected heavyweight fight goes to purse bids, the WBC can determine the split depending on the winnings of the two fighters' last three fights.
However, it is Whyte’s legal case against the WBC which is preventing him from being officially ordered to fight Fury.
The 33-year-old WBC champion, who is unbeaten with a record of 31-0-1 following a controversial draw with Deontay Wilder in the first bout of their epic grudge trilogy, was embroiled in a lengthy legal dispute of his own with Anthony Joshua and the American.
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Fury ultimately could not get out of a contracted trilogy fight with the Bronze Bomber, winning via TKO in the 11th round in Las Vegas in October.
The Gypsy King feels sorry for Whyte but admitted he will not endure another drawn arbitration dispute.
"I thought I was going to be fighting Dillian Whyte but I don’t know what he has going on in his private life with the WBC," Fury told iFL TV.
"He has a court case going on and it’s kind of s*** because I know how long arbitrations can take because my own one with Deontay Wilder took 18 months.
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"I hope he does not get caught in the long grass and I hope I don’t get forced into another fight like a voluntary defence.
"But I don’t care because they are all just work-outs for me, I will destroy them all like I have done all my life.
"It does not matter if it is Dillian Whyte, Dillian Blue or Dillian Grey.
"I am not interested in waiting around for other people, I will be fighting again in February, early March latest, defending my WBC heavyweight world title."
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