Although it was believed that the conditions of the match between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte would be known today and whether the same will happen at all, the unexpected happened. In fact, we don’t know if we can call anything where the WBC organization has its fingers in the eye, looking at how that body manages its share of jurisdiction over the world of professional boxing.
After the second attempt to bid royalties for the mentioned match failed on January 18, ie after the teams failed to agree on anything, another postponement was requested, which was accepted by the WBC. It was then announced that the auction of fees, if no agreement is reached between the teams, will take place on Wednesday, January 26, today.
But what we have hinted at above has happened. The teams asked for another postponement and it was granted to them. This time for Friday, January 28, and Mauricio Sulaiman, longtime president of the WBC (a kind of boxing monarchy, since he inherited the position from his father), confirmed that it was the deadline for an agreement.
Right now, no one knows what’s really going on. The problem arose when the WBC determined an 80/20 fee split in favor of Fury. Whyte and his team did not want to agree to that because they are going against the WBC regulations, where the division in the real and interim champion match, which is the title Whyte currently holds, should be 55/45.
It was believed that Whyte, who would earn by far the highest honorarium of his career from those 20 posts, would be happy to find himself somewhere in the middle.
Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte
But these days, news has emerged that another topic has been included in the negotiations.
This is the one in which Fury's team would pay a certain amount to Anthony Joshua, and it is mentioned 15 million pounds, to give up his match against Oleksandr Usyk, which would open space for organizing a match between Fury and Usyk, where Joshua would fight later this year against the winner.
Seeing that the match between Joshua and Usyk has not been agreed yet and that the Briton has not yet chosen his new team, and on the other hand the Ukrainian is eager to play, this seems like a realistic option. If no agreement is reached by Friday, the WBC will order a fee auction, where the organization of the match will be awarded to the highest bidder.
If he is not satisfied, Whyte has the right to withdraw from the match, but in that way he would be left without a temporary title and the status of a challenger, but also a career fee, regardless of how much it amounts to.
If the story of Joshua's withdrawal from the match against Usyk is true, Whyte would again be the biggest loser. In any case, everyone is already fed up with delays and unconfirmed information and everyone is waiting to see what will happen to the heavyweight professional boxing category that has been stagnant for months without any information on what might happen.