WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is now fully focused on his training after reports claimed Dillian Whyte signed a contract to face the undefeated Brit in April (Fury 1/8, Draw 25/1, Whyte 5/1 – bout winner).

Fury will put his belt on the line as he looks to move one step closer to unifying the division later this year.

The Manchester fighter has 31 victories from 32 fights, with a draw against Deontay Wilder the only blemish on his record.

Whyte, his mandatory challenger, had until 06:00 GMT on Tuesday to sign his half of the contract, and after days of negotiations, he has reportedly put pen to paper.

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The two Brits are due to trade leather at Wembley Stadium, with Fury suggesting the fight will take place on April 23.

Speaking on social media, Fury said: “Dillian Whyte signed his contract for $8m; what a surprise. The man’s signed for the biggest payday he’s going to get in his life.”

“I’m about to go off social media completely for the next eight and a half weeks. I’m going into training camp to give Dillian Whyte all the respect in the world he needs. I’ll never underestimate anyone in my life.

“Don’t phone me, call me, email me, text me or try to contact me in any way as I am out of bounds until May. I’ll be training away. Please respect my privacy and space. See you all at the press conference.”

Fury has not fought in the UK since August 2018, when he beat Francesco Pianeta. Whyte has only tasted defeat on two occasions, with Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin both stopping the Londoner.

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