Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has told Dillian Whyte to lower his purse demands if he wants to fight the WBC champion next year.
Whyte was expected to be ordered as the mandatory challenger at a WBC conference on Tuesday, but the boxing organisation revealed an arbitration case with the ‘Body Snatcher’ must play out first.
The legal proceedings are thought to focus on the 33-year-old’s failure to land a title shot, despite many years at the top of the WBC’s ranking system.
However, Warren suggests Whyte’s battle also concerns the purse split for a potential fight with Fury.
The Gypsy King’s team are pushing for an 85/15 or 80/20 split in Fury’s favour – which Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn recently described as ‘outrageous’.
Many have questioned why Whyte has not simply dropped his legal challenge to secure the title shot – but that would be no guarantee, and the arbitrators could grant him more favourable terms for the fight, as Matchroom seek something closer to 45 per cent of the purse.
Warren told talkSPORT: “I think Whyte’s fighting over the purse split and I don’t think he’s got anywhere to go with it. Facts are facts and he lodged his last purse as being £300,000.
“Tyson is in the driving seat. He’s the champion, he’s fought hard to get there, he’s not had any easy fights.”
He continued: “Of course the fighter wants to get paid, I get that, but if you’re as good as you think you are, go and win it! Then you’re in the driving seat.
“He could’ve done that against Anthony Joshua, but he turned down four or five million dollars to fight Joshua.
“I look at that and say, ‘Where’s your ambition? Why are you in this?’”
He added: “What the WBC have said is: let it go to arbitration, let the arbitrators decide on whether he’s got a case or not. If he has, they’ll abide by that.
“They said the split, which we can’t quite get at the moment, is either going to be 85/15 in Tyson’s favour or 80/20.
“And that’s because the purses that were submitted, in his last fight, Whyte said he got £300,000.”
It’s worth noting Whyte, who dropped out of his October fight with Otto Wallin due to a shoulder injury, is reported to have earned £4million from his last fight against Alexander Povetkin.
Fury, meanwhile, bagged £20million for his third fight with Deontay Wilder, which Warren uses to justify their proposition to Whyte.
When asked whether the Body Snatcher can still be Fury’s next opponent, Warren responded: “Not for what he thinks his worth is. It will be what is determined by the WBC. If we can get that on, it’s shouldn’t be a problem.
“We’re not bending over backwards for him.”
He continued: “We’re working on a couple of things at the moment. I spoke to him [Fury] the day before yesterday and he made it very clear he wants to fight in late February/early March – and that’s what we will do.”
Warren reaffirms Fury’s preference to fight Oleksandr Usyk in a fight which would unify the heavyweight division, but the Ukrainian is locked into a rematch with Anthony Joshua after claiming the Brit’s WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
Fury was given 30 days to make that fight happen by the WBC before they were supposedly set to order a mandatory, although as mentioned above, that hasn’t happened.
It leaves the ‘Gypsy King’ free to negotiate his own future for now – and Warren has urged AJ to step aside to let Fury fight Usyk.
When asked whether that’s what Fury wants, Warren said: “That’s correct. But AJ has evoked the rematch clause. If AJ steps aside and lets us do that, maybe the winner could fight Joshua, who knows?
“As far as AJ is concerned, he wants to be unified champion, that’s the way forward, then he can do it in one fight by stepping aside.”
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