After Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder by knockout in October 2021, put the American in his place for the second time in a row and thus finally cleared the situation, one question is haunting the media: Who is the “Gypsy King” going against? next on. The situation seems more complicated than expected.
The boxing association WBC has actually instructed Tyson Fury to defend his world title next against Dillian Whyte. However, the negotiations are difficult because the ideas about the division of the fighting exchange are miles apart. Officially, a split of 80:20 in favor of the world champion is planned, Whyte’s representatives are aiming for a 55:45 split.
The final negotiations were scheduled for January 11, and after two postponements are now expected to take place on January 21.
Meanwhile, there is also a Fight Furys against the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in the room. This was confirmed by US promoter Bob Amrum to “talkSPORT“. A real mega-fight that the boxing world has been looking forward to for decades. After all, the winner of the duel would combine the world championship belts of the four most important associations. Usyk has held the belts of the WBA and IBF associations since his victory against Anthony Joshua in September 2021 and WBO, Fury the WBC belt.
Many hurdles for the mega fight
However, the chance of the long-awaited unification struggle does not seem to be the best. There is “total chaos”, said Amrum, who “has absolutely no idea” whether Fury will first compete against Usyk or Whyte.
“What’s happening right now are just promises from the Middle East that there will be a unification fight between Usyk and Fury and that Dillian Whyte will clear the way,” Amrum said. However, primarily “people who have no contractual ties” are involved. It is a “terrible situation, but hopefully there will be clarity soon.”
The mega fight between Fury and Usyk is set to rise in the Middle East, which should make it clear that there will be a lot of money at stake. Money that is supposed to be used to clear what is probably the biggest hurdle.
According to “Mirror” Whyte should therefore receive five million euros if he clears the way. Joshua, who has had a rematch against Usyk contractually guaranteed, even 15 million euros.
Eddie Hearn confirmed to the English newspaper: “There are people who want to see the Fury vs Usyk fight and are willing to pay a lot of money for it. When there’s a lot of money involved and there’s a plan that makes all the fighters happy, then there’s a chance it will happen.”