Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight title showdown is CONFIRMED as the Gypsy King’s team win the purse bid with £30MILLION after months of negotiations… with the WBC world champion set to earn £23m in an 80/20 split
- Tyson Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren won a purse bid of £30m on Friday
- The WBC champion defended his title against Deontay Wilder in October 2021
- Now he is set to earn £23m in his latest fight against Dillian Whyte in April
- This represents Whyte’s first attempt in his career at a world title
Tyson Fury will defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte in a UK homecoming fight this April.
The Gypsy King’s trans-Atlantic promotional partners Frank Warren and Bob Arum won Friday’s purse bid in Mexico City with an offer of $42 million dollars.
This dwarfed by $11 million the bid from Eddie Hearn, who had hoped to snatch the rights with ‘an offer reflecting the true value of the fight. ‘
Tyson Fury ‘s defence of his heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte has been confirmed
This represents Whyte’s first challenge for a world title over the course of his career
The winning bid also saves Team Fury the total £20.5 million they were prepared to pay Anthony Joshua and Whyte between them to step aside to allow the Gypsy King to fight AJ conqueror Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed world heavyweight championship.
Joshua, who could have made a second financial killing by challenging the winner of that fight later this year, will now enact his contractual right to a rematch against Usyk, which is expected to take place in London in May.
Wembley, Cardiff and Fury’s home town of Manchester – possibly Old Trafford – are in the running to stage his fight with Whyte.
Fury is set to earn £23m from the bout following an 80/20 split between two fighters
Fury will defend his WBC title after beating Deontay Wilder in their third bout in October
Warren – in refuting Hearn’s claim that Fury had backed out of fighting Usyk first and foremost – asserted that negotiations crashed when Joshua ‘suddenly demanded an extra £5 million on top of his agreed £15 million to step aside .
That prompted Fury to lambast Joshua and Hearn as ‘the worst businessmen in the world.’
Whyte also stands to lose out to some extent financially , given the WBC have ordered a purse split of 80 to 20 per cent in favour of Fury as champion.
That is unlikely to vary much, if at all.
The long anticipated fight between Fury and Joshua will recede further if AJ loses to Usyk a second time.
Fury v Whyte will be televised live in mid-April in the UK on BT Sport Box Office
The purse bid from Frank Warren (left) means the huge fight against Whyte will go ahead