Heavyweight Dillian Whyte has refused to sign a contract or promote a fight with Tyson Fury unless he guarantees more money.
That’s the view of Top Rank promoter and US Fury manager Bob Arum, who says the British boxer is greedy in his quest for a big battle in the UK.
Despite being the mandatory challenger and earning his career-highest salary on a world-record scholarship offer, it’s not good enough for Whyte.
According to Arum, Whyte intends to keep quiet until the $7 million purse goes up.
“He says, ‘I want some extra money to promote. Our position is, “We’re not going to give it to you,” Arum told Unibet Lowdown.
“If he doesn’t [sign the contract and promote the fight]he’s a fool.
Whyte has already launched a legal bid to force the World Boxing Council to increase its purse from $7 million to at least $16 million.
If Whyte won the fight, he would pocket $20.7 million due to a ten percent win clause in the contract.
However, the whole situation leaves a bad taste in the mouths of British boxing fans and does nothing to elevate Whyte’s reputation in his homeland.
‘The BodySnatcher’ has already been the subject of controversy as he tested positive for banned substances twice during his career. The first time he served a suspension was between 2012 and 2014.
An appeal of the original sentence was upheld in 2013.
Whyte was then provisionally banned again in 2019 after controversially beating Oscar Rivas. This suspension was later lifted and Whyte fought five months later.
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The road has been rocky for Whyte, who has yet to result in world heavyweight title fights. If he still can’t agree on Fury’s contract by this Saturday, Dillian Whyte will again face a wait to seize his opportunity.
The interim WBC executive may hope that arbitration will solve the mess created. Experience tells us that will not be the case. Whyte is unlikely to reverse a WBC decision that appears in their rules and regulations.
The Heads of the World Boxing Council have the right to alter any allocation of stipulated scholarship offers when they deem it appropriate. It would take a bold referee to be able to break the inner workings of any sanctioning body.
The whole situation explodes with each passing day, with Fury again being forced to delay his next fight.
Originally wanting to fight in March, that date was pushed back to April. Fury won’t want to wait more than six months to get back in the ring.
The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
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