January 17, 2022, 17:53

    Eddie Hearn provides Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte update ahead of purse bids

    Eddie Hearn provides Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte update ahead of purse bids

    Eddie Hearn can't see a deal being made for Dillian Whyte to challenge Tyson Fury without purse bids being held.

    The pair have been mandated to fight by the WBC for Fury's world heavyweight title, but there have been issues around the 80-20 split which favours the champion.

    Whyte has spent years as mandatory challenger with the WBC, barring a brief spell in 2020 when he had lost to Alexander Povetkin, but now would earn just 20 per cent of the purse for the fight.

    The Londoner is now appealing the decision and is locked in arbitration, leading Fury's team to threaten to make another fight in March without the belt on the line.

    But Hearn feels that purse bids, which are scheduled for next Tuesday, will be needed for the fight to be made.

    "Whatever the final ruling is on the split, that's the final ruling on the split and we'll proceed from there," Hearn told iFL TV.

    Dillian Whyte and Eddie Hearn are appealing the purse split ruling
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    "I don't see a deal being done at 80-20, so then I see it just goes to purse bids – it doesn't matter if it's done via a deal or a purse bid, but I just can't see a deal being agreed that way.

    "Therefore, we have to put a value on that fight and put a bid on accordingly, as do Top Rank or anyone else, and maybe someone bids crazy for that fight.

    "If I'm Dillian Whyte, I'm not accepting an 80-20 split, now you'd have to accept it via a purse bid, but you don't know because you will get a much better deal financially from a purse bid, I'll make sure of it."

    The feeling on Whyte's side is that he deserves considerably more, given his considerable drawing power for ticket and pay-per-view sales.

    His last two bouts with Povetkin were big drawing events, but the WBC argues that his purses haven't been in the same ballpark as Fury's.

    "The way that he's been treated over the years, it was probably to be expected, I mean, 80-20 is a standard split for some random guy who's sort of won an average eliminator and just kind of finds himself there.

    "The split has a maximum of 45 per cent for Dillian Whyte and what you're doing is not taking into consideration the draw of Dillian Whyte, the fact the guy has headlined six PPV events, sold out the O2 on numerous occasions.

    "But more importantly, it's the amount of time he's had to wait for this opportunity, and we don't feel that 80-20 is a fair representation of that.

    "We've got every right to appeal, lots of people appeal and we'll have to see where it goes, but I don't think that split is fair at all and I think he's quite right to be taking action on it.

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    Whyte is refusing to back down, and is hoping to have an answer to his appeal by next week when the rescheduled purse bids are supposed to take place.

    "There'll be an appeal which will go before the championship committee," Hearn added. "And I'll be honest with you, it's not the greatest relationship in the world between Dillian Whyte and the WBC.

    "It's been a huge fight for Dillian Whyte to get what he feels he deserves and in true Dillian Whyte style, he's not backing down.

    "He's fighting for what he believes he deserves and what is right, I'm very confident he will get his shot, hopefully in the manner and split he deserves.

    "Whatever the final ruling is on the split, that's the final ruling on the split and we'll proceed from there.

    "I don't see a deal being done at 80-20, so then I see it just goes to purse bids – it doesn't matter if it's done via a deal or a purse bid, but I just can't see a deal being agreed that way.

    "Therefore, we have to put a value on that fight and put a bid on accordingly, as do Top Rank or anyone else, and maybe someone bids crazy for that fight.

    "If I'm Dillian Whyte, I'm not accepting an 80-20 split, now you'd have to accept it via a purse bid, but you don't know because you will get a much better deal financially from a purse bid, I'll make sure of it."

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