Fury v Whyte: Will Smith lined up as emergency stand-in for fight ​night ​

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Tyson Fury is set to take on Dillian Whyte at Wembley tonight – but Hollywood heavyweight Will Smith is on stand-by should the challenger duck out at the last minute.

According to a source close to the fight promoters, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star is eager to show his punching prowess on the big stage once again, having delivered a stunning right-hand to Chris Rock’s jaw at March’s Oscar ceremony.

And with rumours swirling that Dillian Whyte could withdraw from the contest in recent weeks, the 53-year-old saw an opportunity to make his mark on the heavyweight division.

Smith is currently holed up in a hotel in London waiting for a call to step in with Whyte having skipped some pre-fight formalities.

“Will’s ready to go,” we were told by a source.

“He’s had the joke running on loop in his room for the last four days and has punched a hole in the wall he’s so fuming.”

“And if he ever sags Jada’s right in his ear to wind him up again.”

Also on Team Smith are Jazzy Jeff and Uncle Phil, who will act as cut man and trainer in his corner should he be required, while Carlton will perform It’s Not Unusual as part of his ring entrance.

And while there is some scepticism about Smith’s suitability as an opponent for the reigning world champion, a fight insider explained how the I Am Legend star “leapt right to the top of the contenders list with just one blow”.

“When you’re willing to embarrass yourself so comprehensively in front of millions around the world you’ve clearly got everything it takes to fight Tyson Fury.”

“Promoters were lining up for him – a mug like this is just the kind of fella AJ can get back on track against.”

For now, Whyte is expected to participate in the bout, with the fighters due in the ring at 10pm, providing the Gypsy King doesn’t deliver an impromptu performance of the greatest hits of Patsy Cline before the fight.

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