It’s official: Tyson Fury will fight next with Dillian Whyte in a WBC title defense. It was reported by Sky Sports and other news outlets that Frank Warren won today’s wallet battle to advance the fight.
Warren, who promotes Fury alongside Bob Arum, secured the Fury-Whyte fight with a £ 31 million bid. Eddie Hearn, who said before today’s wallets how he would be “aggressive” in his bid to win the battle, made a bid of £ 24 million.
The fight is set to take place by April 29 at the latest and reports say The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales is the frontrunner to host the fight.
Fury will earn a substantial amount of £ 25 million, while the challenger Whyte will earn a not too poor £ 6 million at all, thanks to the now agreed bursary split of 80-20 in favor of the defending champion. The fight will air on BT Sport pay-per-view in the UK, while ESPN will broadcast in the US.
So, now that all the paperwork and so on has been completed, the two fighters can get going and practice for a fight. Not that Fury has not practiced yet.
Fury has released a few short videos and numerous statements in which he says, in a nutshell, he will “smash”, he will “smash” and he will “hide well” for Whyte.
Whyte has not yet made any public statements, but he will surely be delighted that he got his first chance at a world title – finally! We all know the Dillian Whyte story; how he was made to wait and wait for his big chance.
Now that it’s here, or almost here, Whyte, 28-2 (19) will no doubt compete at the bit, as the saying goes. Fury, unbeaten on 31-0-1 (22), will be a big favorite to win the fight, but there are many good judges who feel it will by no means be an easy fight for “The Gypsy King”.
Hearn actually predicted a KO win for Whyte. As for our fans, we now have two potentially big heavyweight title fights to look forward to this year, with Fury-Whyte now 100 per cent official and Oleksandr Usyk’s return match with Anthony Joshua expected to follow. Hopefully the two winners will then clash in what would be a monster-unit showdown.