Now that we know the identity of Dillian Whyte’s next opponent, and accept the fight will be on Sky Sports Box Office, the next question is this: Who will be on the undercard?
Given the polarising nature of the fight – a good one, albeit one between Anthony Joshua victims – as a pay-per-view offering, it’s fair to say Matchroom’s July 28 show at the O2 Arena could do with a solid supporting cast, the kind that tempts punters to part with their hard-earned £20.
Brook, exciting in victory or defeat, would be a welcome addition. But let’s not get too carried away. For as long as the eventual goal is Amir Khan, or Jarrett Hurd, or Jermell Charlo, it’s unlikely ‘The Special One’ will be risked against anybody of merit in the interim.
Anthony Joshua has long extolled the virtues of Lawrence Okolie, a sparring partner and friend, and decided to put his money where his mouth is ahead of Okolie’s Commonwealth title clash with Luke Watkins last night (June 6).
According to his Instagram, the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion stuck £80 on Okolie to defeat Luke Watkins, the Commonwealth champion, in round three of a scheduled 12-rounder, and the fight inevitably ended – you guessed it – in the third.
The result landed Okolie the Commonwealth title and it landed his boss, Joshua, some pocket money to the tune of £1,040.
They’re calling him “the people’s champ” these days, and last night Tyson Fury did everything in his power to live up that name.
The former world heavyweight champion shocked diners at a Manchester Nando’s by offering to pay the bill for all 52 customers eating in the restaurant at the time of his arrival. This kind gesture came following an open workout at the National Football Museum and resulted in a bill of around £700.
Cheers for the nandos yesteday @Tyson_Fury 🥃
— Sickers (@GrimSickers1) June 6, 2018
Just woke up and first thing that hit me was that @Tyson_Fury bought me Nando’s yesterday 😎
— umar (@UA97_) June 6, 2018
— Kugan Cassius (@KuganCassius) June 5, 2018
Despite his reputation, Fury, 29, is no stranger to a bit of charity and goodwill. In 2016, he was generous enough to buy 200 England football fans a round of Jaegerbombs in Nice during Euro 2016.
On Saturday night, meanwhile, he’s going to give one of his biggest fans, Albanian Sefer Seferi, the opportunity to spend a few minutes in the ring with him inside the Manchester Arena.