Via Charles Brun: Tyson Fury says he’s not surprised that Dillian Whyte finally signed on for their bout on April 23 because he won’t miss his chance to earn “$8 million” for the guaranteed title his WBC heavyweight belt.
It would be a tough sell for Top Rated to sell the Fury vs Whyte fight on ESPN’s pay-per-view channel to American boxing fans because they don’t consider it a PPV-worthy fight.
Whyte is seen as a kind of warrior Dereck Chisora not well known in the United States.
In an example of Whyte’s talent, he was knocked out by 40-year-old Alexander Povetkin in 2020, and in his previous bout he managed to beat 39-year-old Mariusz Wach by decision. set 12 rounds. Whyte is a must-have for Fury, and it’s not a fight that interests US boxing fans.
Let’s say we’re talking about Whyte remained silent throughout the entire Fury fight promotion due to his unhappiness with the 80/20 split. That would make it impossible for American fans to sell the match.
According to Dan Rafael, there is still a clause in the contract for the Fury-Whyte fight regarding UK tax deductions that the World Boxing Council must rule on.
Also, the fight is signed by Whyte and Fury, and both will begin two months from now in London.
For whatever reason, be it mind games or issues with the contract, Whyte hit a deadline Monday before signing on to challenge Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs). ) for his WBC title on April 23 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
There have been rumors of Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn having Anthony Joshua or Dereck Chisora as a backup plan for Whyte, but that’s crazy.
Whyte, 34, won’t be able to earn the kind of money that is likely to fight Joshua or Chisora compared to what he would get fighting Fury.
If Whyte defeats Fury, he will receive a payday of $11.3 million, much higher than what he would do for battle cruiser ‘War’ Chisora (32-12, 23 KOs) ) or Joshua.
There’s no way Joshua fights Whyte because it means he’s away from a rematch with IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, and he doesn’t intend to.
The amount and ability of Joshua to avenge Usyk is too much of a motivator for him not to go in that direction rather than face aging, complained Whyte, who would be a headache to negotiate.
“Dillian Whyte signed for eight million dollars. What a surprise,” said Tyson Fury above Twitter react to Dillian Whyte’s signing on Monday on the final day.
“An absolute idiot. Should this even be a talking point? ‘ Fury continued.
“I don’t know if I’m coming or going. My training camp was a mess. I would completely destroy Dillian Whyte like a cheap water balloon,” Fury said.
There’s a lot to the Fury-Whyte showdown for both fighters, as the winner will face winner Joshua-Usyk 2 in the undisputed world title competition later this year for the titles. IBF, WBA, WBC & WBO.
As for the promotion of the Fury vs Whyte fight, we don’t know if Dillian will be of any help in selling the contest, which will be shown on pay-per-view in the UK and US.
Dillian may not be able to get a promotion because he’s unhappy about getting an 80/20 split rather than his desired 55/45.
So if Whyte chooses not to help fuel the fight, he’ll fall back on the event promoters, as the match could have brought in much less PPV revenue without his help.
Fury is a great talker, but he won’t attract much interest if he’s the only one selling the fight.
Also, if Whyte’s silence and recent record of withdrawing from an import match due to injury, it will leave doubt in the minds of boxing fans whether the fight will go ahead. .
As a result, fans won’t want to buy the Fury vs Whyte fight if they’re concerned about Dillian pulling out for one reason or another.