Tyson Fury fight nets $40M purse bid
Leading Rank and Queensbury Advertisings collectively bid a record $40 million to win the right to promote a WBC heavyweight title battle in between champ Tyson Fury and interim champ Dillian Whyte.
Leading Rank president Todd duBoef informed Yahoo Sports the battle would be April 23 in the UK. Frank Warren of Queensbury Promo stated a place hasn’t been chosen, however London’s Wembley Arena would make the most sense offered it holds more than 80,000 individuals.
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport was the only other bidder, putting in a deal of $32 million.
Per the WBC policies, as champ, Fury will get 80 percent of the quote, implying his bag will be $32 million. Whyte will get 20 percent, or $8 million.
“We’re delighted to have won the purse bid and this is a massive fight over here [in the U.K.],” Warren informed Yahoo Sports. “This is a fight people over here really want to see. It’s been three years since Tyson fought over here and it’s also an opportunity to keep Tyson active. With COVID and the arbitration [with Deontay Wilder], he’s only fought once in a couple of years.
“Now, we can get him back in the ring on a more regular basis, and so it’s great from that standpoint, as well.”
The WBC postponed the bag quote up until Friday to provide the sides time to work out a settlement with White and previous champ Anthony Joshua that would have allowed Fury to combat IBF-WBA-WBO champ Oleksandr Usyk next.
Usyk won the titles from Joshua in September, however Joshua had a rematch stipulation. The WBC had actually purchased Fury to combat Whyte, so Fury and his group would require to purchase Joshua out of that position.
However Joshua didn’t accept a reported £15 million deal, and there are couple of in boxing with the funds to pay more than that to somebody to not combat. That made it more than likely the bag quote will move forward on Friday, and it did at the WBC’s workplace in Mexico City.
DuBoef stated Leading Rank and Queensbury have an interest in the most significant defend Fury which if he beats Whyte, they’d have an interest in a bout versus the Usyk-Joshua winner or UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou, if that ends up being a possibility.
Ngannou and Fury have actually gone back and forth online.
“It’s frustrating when there are things the public wants to see that we can’t deliver, so we’re in a position now that we can make the biggest fight for Tyson if he wins this, whether that’s A.J., Usyk, whether Ngannou becomes a possibility, [Deontay] Wilder, whoever,” duBoef stated. “We just will look to put the biggest fight on that we can [if Fury wins].”
Warren stated if Usyk beats Joshua once again in the rematch, he would be the most convenient to make a battle with, however stated if Joshua wins, they’ll enter talks rapidly.
A Fury-Joshua battle was signed in 2015, however an arbitrator’s choice required Fury to provide Wilder a 3rd battle rather. Fury knocked Wilder out in the 11th round of that battle on Oct. 9 in Las Vegas to keep the WBC belt.
Warren, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Popularity, stated a Fury-Joshua battle would be among the most significant ever held.
“But I believe a Fury-Usyk fight would be massive, too,” Warren stated.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.