TYSON FURY has put aside his rivalry with Dillian Whyte after getting wind of The Body Snatcher’s support for Billy Joe Saunders.
Welwyn warrior Saunders is just days away from a super-middleweight title unification fight with pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez.
Billy Joe Saunders will look to unify the super-middleweight titles against Canelo this weekend[/caption]
Despite Saunders being the clear underdog, fan favourite Whyte has backed the WBO 168lb champ to spring a huge upset in the Dallas dust-up.
And upon getting wind of Whyte’s backing of Saunders, WBC heavyweight champ Fury was quick to praise his divisional rival.
He wrote on his Instagram story: “Go on Dillion man.”
Whyte’s unwavering support for Saunders stems from the pair both being Brits.
The 33-year-old told iFL TV: “I’m gonna support my countryman.
“That’s like Billy Joe Saunders fighting Canelo. I don’t care what they have to say or what they think.
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“I’m back Billy Joe Saunders to beat Canelo one million per cent to beat Canelo because he’s my countryman.
“Do you understand? That’s who I am.”
Saunders faces perhaps arguably the most difficult task in boxing at Cowboys Stadium, where he hopes to permanently etch his name into the history books.
The undefeated Saunders, 31, told The Daily Telegraph: “This fight is for all the marbles.
“This one we go country for country, countrymen for countrymen.
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“I know when I go to Texas I’ll have 70,000 Mexicans screaming. But the Gypsies are coming out in force.
“The English, the Irish, the Scots – you name it they will be there. I’ll be flying that Gypsy flag very high for every one of them.
“I’m not just doing this for me and my family, I’m doing it for them as well.
“Victory will mean one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, I believe. Certainly in the last 20 years.
“He’s beaten six Brits already. Unlucky number seven for him, lucky number seven for me. I believe this is meant to be.”