Frank Warren Wins Purse Bids for Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte

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The return of the mac is imminent as we officially have a promotion for Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte. It cost the cool sum of $32million to capture the bout from Queensbury and Frank Warren. Warren has promoted Fury in a number of his most recent fights and the partnership is clearly a lucrative one for Warren. Warren outbid fellow promotional rival Eddie Hearn of Matchroom boxing who bid $32 million.

The WBC’s ruling of an 80/20 split in favour of the champion means that Fury will walk away with a career-high of $32.8 million, whereas the challenger, Whyte will receive $8.2 million. That ruling remains subject to an appeal by Whyte who is engaged in legal action with the sanctioning body. The bout is set to take place before April 29th in the UK. As of yet, the venue is unconfirmed, however, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium or the Manchester Arena are both likely candidates.

Step Aside

When purse bids for Fury vs. Whyte couldn’t be decided, there were rumours that former heavyweight kingpin, Anthony Joshua would take ‘step aside’ money, in order to allow Fury and the holder of WBA (super), IBO, IBF and WBO belts, Oleksandr Usyk to fight it out in a bid to become undisputed.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed to DAZN that:

‘In his mind, he wants to rematch Oleksandr Usyk, and until the time comes that a long-form contract comes to us, and makes sense… This is much deeper than a stepaside fee. The money is something that needs to be negotiated. 

This is the plan. All he wants to do is win the heavyweight title back. Right now he has a cast iron opportunity to do that ,a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. Any other plan has to be solid, not hopefully you get the winner.

He’s not out there looking for another plan, looking for a stepaside. He will always call the shots. He’s made it clear what that shot looks like.’

‘The Gypsy King’

The Gypsy King, Tyson Fury is one of the most recognisable names in combat sports today. As the lineal heavyweight champion and the WBC heavyweight champion, Fury is undefeated at 31-0-1, notching 22 knockouts. He most recently put an end to the trilogy with Deontay Wilder in October of last year. Their first bout ended in a controversial draw, with Fury dominating in the second fight and the third fight being named ‘Ring Magazine’s 2021 Fight of the Year’, which Fury would win by eleventh round TKO.

He teased a fight with UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, however, after Ngannou’s recent big win, the talk has gone quiet on a potential cross-disciplines fight.

‘The Lone Wolf’

‘The Lone Wolf’, ‘The Villian’, ‘The Body Snatcher’, ‘The bad boy of British boxing’ (as Sky’s Adam Smith once referred to him as), Dillian Whyte is long, long overdue a shot at the WBC belt. Having previously been the WBC mandatory challenger for over 1000 days, Whyte has been awaiting a title shot for what seems like forever. He took a huge step back when he lost by vicious knockout to former contender, Alexander Povetkin, however, in the rematch Whyte looked better than ever, knocking out his foe in just four rounds. He was scheduled to fight Otto Wallin next, however, Whyte had to withdraw from this bout with an injury.

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Frazer Krohn has been with MMASucka for nearly 5 years. He is the host of the MMASucka podcast, which is released every Monday. He's the author of a series of six books about MMA, which were published in 2023.

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