Eddie Hearn hits out at Tyson Fury’s “outrageous” demand for Dillian Whyte fight

Hearn has questioned Fury’s financial demands for an 80 percent split of any purse for a mandatory defence against Whyte, and believes the WBC ruling for his mandatory challenge will be completed in the coming weeks

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Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?

Eddie Hearn has slammed Tyson Fury’s financial demands after his team demanded an 80 per cent split of the purse for a mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte.

Fury was set to be ordered to face WBC interim champion Whyte this week but the ruling is currently on hold while a dispute is resolved between Whyte and the WBC.

And even if the fight is ordered, Fury’s demands could represent a significant stumbling block in open negotiations.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn has branded Fury’s financial demands as “outrageous” and expects the WBC rules to enforce a more favourable purse for the challenger.

“The purses are almost secondary to the fight being ordered,” Hearn told IFL TV. “The interim champion can receive up to 45 percent of a purse split.

Tyson Fury with promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum


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“And I believe that the purse should be at those kinds of levels. We have seen Top Rank talking about 20 percent to Whyte which is outrageous.

“But I think something that should be left to the WBC, the problem is time we need to move forward but we are confident that it will be a ruling that is fair to Whyte.

“I think it is closing in and we would like to make that fight in the early part of next year.”

According to WBC rules, the fight is set to be ordered with a purse split of 55/45 in favour of the champion but it can be reasonably altered by the organisation at their ‘discretion’.

Fury’s purse demand has come after earning £20million for his third meeting with Wilder while Whyte earned around £4m for his successful rematch with Alexander Povetkin.

Should issues arise between Fury and Whyte in arranging his mandatory shot, the 33-year-old could opt for a voluntary defence against Joe Joyce who is ranked the No.2 fighter in the division by the WBC.

Another option could be to wait for the completion of Joshua’s rematch with Usyk to face the winner but would be unlikely to take to the ring until the second half of the year.

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Fury currently has one fight remaining on his contract with American promoter Top Rank while Whyte is a free agent but will be represented in the battle by Hearn’s promotion.

And the British promoter is confident that purse bids will be called to resolve the logistical issues around broadcasting.

“I don’t think Tyson Fury is going to care who promotes the fight,” Hearn said. “That is why I believe a purse bid is probably the most likely scenario here, I don’t think Fury is going to care if Bob Arum promotes it.

“He will just be thinking whoever puts up the most money, and if I am fighter in this scenario I would just be looking to see who puts the most money up for the fight.

“But I have no problem with Dillian fighting on another promoter’s show at all, and we will be with him promoting him and behind him but he wants to do it on a Matchroom show.”

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