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‘I’m not happy’ – Dillian Whyte begrudgingly accepts 80/20 purse split for Tyson Fury fight will not change

‘I’m not happy’ – Dillian Whyte begrudgingly accepts 80/20 purse split for Tyson Fury fight will not change

Dillian Whyte has told talkSPORT that he’s now accepted the fact that the 80/20 purse split for his fight with Tyson Fury is not going to be changed.

The heavyweight world title fight is set to take place on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, live on talkSPORT, though it’s been a long road to get here.

Frank Warren

Whyte is set to challenge Fury for his WBC heavyweight world title, live on talkSPORT

Whyte has been involved in a protracted dispute with the WBC over his title shot which stems back several years.

Last year, the challenger took legal action over how long he was having to wait for his title shot.

A few months back, when the Fury fight was finally ordered, the WBC ruled it would be an 80/20 purse split in favour of the champion.

Whyte contested this and there was even talk of a legal arbitration case to settle the dispute.

However, he has now begrudgingly accepted that the split is not going to change.

Frank Warren won the purse bids with a record bid of $41million. Fury will receive $29.5million (£22million), Whyte will receive $7.4million (£5.5million), and the winner of the fight earns an additional $4.1million bonus (£3.1million).

Whyte has the WBC ‘interim’ belt

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Whyte has the WBC ‘interim’ belt

“No, no, it’s impossible,” Whyte told the talkSPORT Boxing YouTube channel when asked if he will still be pursuing a higher split.

“How am I gonna get it? The fight’s Saturday, that can’t change now, that can’t change now.

“They were never gonna change the split. The split just got manipulated and got forced upon me.”

Whyte added on White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “No I’m not happy with the purse split.

“As WBC ‘interim’ champion by rights I should be getting 45 per cent or 40 per cent minimum.

“But this is boxing, we need the fight.

Whyte spoke with the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman on the Wembley pitch ahead of the fight

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Whyte spoke with the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman on the Wembley pitch ahead of the fight

“They were trying to say, ‘Ah, if you don’t agree this, we’re gonna run off.’

“I need the fight, I need the opportunity. It’s about the opportunity at the end of the day.

“There’s a lot of people that don’t understand, they were like, ‘Ah, you should be happy with this, you should be happy with that.’

“No. A lot’s gone on. I’ve fought, I’ve risked my position, I’ve done what the WBC asked of me.

“But this is life, you don’t cry about stuff like that.”

talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting from 7.30pm and featuring expert ringside analysis from Ben…

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