Tyson Fury-Dillian Whyte: WBC Orders Open Talks for Heavyweight Title Fight

The WBC ordered Tuesday an open phase of negotiations to begin a heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.

BoxingScene.com became aware that the WBC had notified Fury’s co-promoters, Top Rank Inc. by Bob Arum and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotion, and Matchroom Boxing by Eddie Hearn, Whyte’s longtime advertising agent. The open negotiation period typically lasts 30 days, but Fury and Whyte handlers could be granted more time due to the upcoming break during the holiday season.

The WBC did not mention the Fury-Whyte split in its correspondence with the three promoters mentioned above. Champions and challengers typically split 70-30 for WBC title fights, but Carl Moretti, vice president of boxing operations for Top Rank, suggested an 80-20 split in favor. for Fury at the WBC’s annual convention last month in Mexico City.

If Fury and Whyte’s representatives are not willing to come to an agreement, the WBC will order a bid, which will allow any advertiser to make an offer of the rights to promote Fury-Whyte. Assuming they can hit the terms, BoxingScene.com has been told that Top Rated and Queensberry Ads would like to host a Fury-Whyte match in March at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales or Duel. Manchester School in Fury’s hometown of Manchester, England.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) has not been in a fight in Great Britain since August 2018, when he defeated Francesco Pianeta of Italy by unanimous decision in a 10-round bout at Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury’s five past matches have all taken place in the United States, either in Las Vegas or Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) regained the interim WBC title in his final match, when he stopped Alexander Povetkin (36-3-1, 25 KOs) in the fourth round of the game. immediate rematch on 27 March at Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar. Russia’s Povetkin annoyed Whyte by knocking unconscious his Jamaican-born opponent during the fifth round of their first bout, which took place in August 2020 at Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters in Brentwood, England.

Two months before Povetkin beat him, Whyte filed a lawsuit against the WBC because he did not receive a title that Whyte believes is long overdue. Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC, publicly disputed the length of time Whyte was actually a required opponent of that sanctioning organization before Whyte sued the WBC.

London’s Whyte is tipped to face Otto Wallin (22-1-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London. Whyte withdrew from the 12-round match against the Swedish men’s team due to a shoulder injury about 11 days ago.

Fury, meanwhile, definitively ended his trilogy with Deontay Wilder in their third fight on October 9 in Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-9, 277-pound Fury survived two knocks in the fourth round and knocked Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) in round 11 of their pay-per-view main event at T-Mobile Arena . Fury defeated Wilder once in the third, 10th, and 11th rounds of their third bout, a final contractually required bout that came 19 months after Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round of the bout. their rematch in February 2020 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Keith Idec is a writer/senior columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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