Via Jack Tiernan: WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s purse for his mandatory defense against Dillian Whyte has been moved from January 11 to this month’s 17 or 18.
The process has been slowed down as Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) is still embroiled in a legal case with the WBC, the case is still ongoing after his mandatory position.
It is not yet known when Whyte’s arbitration case will be finalized, but Fury and his team have made it clear that they intend to fight on March 26.
Recently, the World Boxing Council ruled that Whyte gets 20% of the pie against Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), and that’s the number Top Rank has claimed. They went by the two boxers’ recent wallets for their final bout.
Fury raked in $20 million for his final bout against Deontay Wilder, while Whyte’s purse was much smaller at $300,000 in his rematch with 41-year-old post-COVID Alexander Povetkin on March last year in Gibraltar. Based on the huge difference in wallets, you could argue that 80/20 is a fair split, given that 300K is 15% of $20 million.
Whyte wants a 55/45 split, which would get him a much larger payout than the 80/20 the WBC ruled. With that wallet, Whyte can get 22.5 million dollars with $50 million for the Fury fight. That’s a lot of money for a boxer whose best win of his career was against veteran Povetkin.
In the end, if Whyte does do it with WBC giving him the 55/45 split he claims, Fury is more likely to vacate his title than agree to it.
That means Whyte will be elevated to WBC champion or ordered to face off against the top-ranked contender willing to meet him. Whyte still ends up making a lot of money, assuming he wins the WBC belt.
He’s not going to fight Fury, and he’s missing out on a good payday. Victory over Fury was just what Whyte needed to boost his wallet for the bout against winner Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk.
We don’t know the final bird for the Fury-Whyte fight, as it is a quirky bird. While Dillian is a household name in the UK, he is mostly an unknown to the US boxing public.
Yes, die-hard fans know Whyte in the United States, but not the elite. Fury will be one of the American fans who will be watching to see, while Dillian will be the cardboard prop, a guy is brought in as a rival.
Top Rated boss Bob Arum previously offered Whyte $5.5 million for the Fury fight. That number would make sense if the contest only brought in $30 million if the split was 80/20.
“The wallet auctions will take place in seven days. next Monday [January 17] or Tuesday [January 18],” said Frank Warren to TalkSport on the Fury wallet bid vs Whyte. “They have the right to appeal [the split]. They can make their appeal. I don’t think it will make any difference.
“I don’t think they’re going anywhere because when you get into these situations the bids are based on the boxer’s previous earnings,” Warren said.
“As the man who required Canelo Alvarez at the time would be Billy Joe Saunders, we just made a deal.
“There is no way he will get 45% because the biggest earner of them all is Canelo.
“When you have a heavyweight that is making the money that Tyson makes, the odds are 80/20,” says Warren.
Everything Warren said makes sense. There’s no way Canelo agreed to let Saunders get 45%, and Whyte was in the same boat. Fury would never agree to that even if the WBC ordered that number be made.