Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte granted FINAL 48 hour extension to negotiate heavyweight title clash

Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have been granted a final 48 hour extension to freely negotiate their heavyweight title clash.

The pair originally had until 6pm on Wednesday evening to agree a WBC heavyweight championship fight.

However, they have now been given until Friday after the World Boxing Council confirmed they had received requests from both camps to extend the period of free negotiations.


Tyson Fury (left) and Dillian Whyte (right) now have until Friday, January 28 to agree a match-up

If the fighters don’t agree to terms then a purse bid will be held allowing promoters to bid to stage the fight


In a statement the WBC said: ‘The WBC has granted this final extension and If there is no agreement, a purse bid will be held this coming Friday, January 28.’

If Fury, promoted by Frank Warren of Queensbury and Bob Arum of Top Rank, can agree a fight with Whyte, promoted by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, there will be no purse bid.  

A purse bid is the process in which promoters bid for the right to stage a fight. 

The promoter with the highest bid will win with that figure then divided by the purse split – which determines the share each boxer will earn from the fight.  

Eddie Hearn (right) insists Whyte deserves more than 20 per cent of the share with Fury

The match-up between Fury and Whyte is core to the chaos currently dominating the heavyweight landscape as it largely holds the key to the division’s immediate future. 

With Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk seemingly tied up by their eagerly anticipated rematch, initially earmarked for March or April, the WBC ordered Fury to defend his WBC title against mandatory challenger Whyte.  

Negotiations have proven difficult, however with four deadlines which have now come and gone following the latest setback.

It had originally been expected that if an agreement had not been met by Wednesday, a purse bid would come into place.

A WBC statement last Friday read: ‘The WBC has received requests from both sides, Fury and Whyte, to extend the free negotiation period which has been granted.

‘If there is no agreement a purse offer ceremony will take place on Wednesday January 26.’

However a final extension period has been granted as the parties struggle to come to terms, with the primary issue being financial.

The WBC’s rules state that a mandatory challenger will be granted 45 per cent of a purse split, though they can use their discretion to change that percentage. 

And in the case of Fury vs Whyte, ‘The Body Snatcher’ has been granted just 20 per cent – despite his status of interim champion. 

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman insisted the figure was based on previous earnings, with Fury reportedly receiving £20million for his trilogy bout against Wilder, while Whyte is said to have taken home £4m after avenging his defeat to Alexander Povetkin in their rematch. 

Whyte has been in a dispute with the WBC over the purse split and the length of time it has taken to get a world title shot

Whyte, unhappy with this decision, has been in a dispute with the WBC regarding the split, as well as a more long-standing arbitration case regarding the length of time it has taken him to receive a world title shot.

Hearn last week insisted an 80/20 split was ridiculous, and though indicating a fight between the pair looks likely, he asserted that he will make sure his man gets a fair cut.

Fury, in a social media post on Tuesday said: ‘Tick, tick, tock. Is Whyte going to fight me? Is Joshua going to step aside? Let me know because I am sick of looking at these bums. I am sick of listening to their excuses.’

He then on Wednesday added: ‘I tell you what boys, there’s some pack of cowards out there, and some pack of bull**** talkers. I’ll tell you that now. ‘[They’re] making all the demands in the world, you cowards! Come and fight!’

Meanwhile, Whyte posted a video with the caption: ‘I just want f***ing war, that’s all I want is to go to war with the best. F*** all this he said she said bulls***.’ Tagged were Hearn, Fury and Joshua.

Whyte showed his clear frustration in a video posted onto his Instagram on Tuesday


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