After a lot of talks and all sorts of organizational problems, it seems that the heavyweight category in boxing is finally ready for some more concrete steps and solutions that we are waiting for. Frank Warren's Quensberry won the "purse bid" last Friday for the match between Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury, and they got the right to organize that match.
Fury and Whyte will receive the highest fees in their careers to date. "Gypsy King" will receive $ 32.8 million, while Whyte will earn $ 8.2 million. These are base fees, which do not include a percentage of other income that fighters contract with the organizers.
It remains to agree on the location, maintenance time and other minor techniques, but Fury and Whyte can slowly dedicate themselves to the preparations for this match. It is a clash between two WBC heavyweight champions.
Dillian Whyte (28-2-0) is the interim champion and won the belt (returned), defeating Alexander Povetkin in the third month, last year. Fury (31-0-1) on the other hand, is the current WBC heavyweight champion and defended his belt in October last year, knocking out Deontay Wilder.
Although Whyte is a Jamaican by birth, we will actually be watching a fight between two boxers performing under the British flag.
Bob Arum's review
Bob Arum, one of the world's most famous boxing promoters and the founder of the promotional house Top Rank, gave his review of the match between Fury and Whyte.
While many expected Fury to actually jump into the match against Usyk (instead of Joshua) and not see Whyte as the very elite of this category, Arum disagrees. '' Whyte has a great chance, because he's a big hitter.
He is a stormy and awkward heavyweight, a very experienced heavyweight. If nothing else, he is a bigger threat to Fury than Deontay Wilder has ever been, '' Arum told IFL TV. Deontay Wilder fought Fury three times. He drew once, while was knocked out twice.
However, Wilder also had very good moments in the matches against Fury, and he was knocked down several times. Whether Dillian Whyte can take an extra step and show that he belongs to the heavyweight top, or whether Fury will join Joshua and Povetkin as the only names to beat Whyte remains to be seen.
The planned date of the fight is currently April 23 (fourth month), but nothing is official yet. One thing is for sure: we have a phenomenal fight ahead of us that we can't wait to watch