Bob Arum has urged Dillian Whyte to thrash out a deal to fight Tyson Fury.
After his enthralling win over Deontay Wilder in October, Fury must now defend his WBC heavyweight title against mandatory challenger Whyte.
The WBC has ruled that Fury takes 80% of the total purse from a fight.
Dillian Whyte has been told by promoter Bob Arum to negotiate a deal to fight Tyson Fury
Arum (R) said Whyte could earn both a big pay deal and ‘prove his calibre’ by fighting Fury (C)
Fury and Whyte have until January 18 to strike a private deal before purse bids are ordered.
Arum confirmed his intention to finance and promote the fight and beckoned Whyte to the negotiating table alongside him and Fury’s British promoter Frank Warren.
‘If he wants the fight and stops messing around, he can get a good payday and prove that he is of a world-class calibre by taking on Fury,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘We’d like to do that fight. It’s a good fight for the UK. I don’t know Dillian but I would think he wants the fight. I don’t know his psyche.
‘Whyte should sit down with myself and Frank Warren and work out a deal for a guarantee, and we’ll get this show on the road. Come to the table and let’s see if we can carve out a real deal. Let’s quit screwing around.’
Fury has been ordered to defend his title after last year’s stunning win over Deontay Wilder