Promoter Bob Arum has called on Dillian Whyte to ‘stop messing around’ and get a WBC heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury over the line in the spring.

The World Boxing Council approved an 80-20 split for a bout between champion Fury and interim title holder Whyte – a split which Whyte is thought to be challenging during his ongoing arbitration case with the governing body.

Fury is expected to return in March, but Arum says he wants to carve out a deal with Whyte and make the all-British heavyweight showdown as soon as possible. Purse bids are scheduled to take place on January 18.

“If he wants the fight and stops messing around, he can get a good payday and prove that he is of a world-class caliber by taking on Fury,” Arum said to Sky Sports. “We’d like to do that fight. It’s a good fight for the UK.”

“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. I don’t know Dillian but I would think he wants the fight. I don’t know his psyche. Let’s let Oleksandr Usyk fight Anthony Joshua, which is contracted, and let’s get Fury to fight Whyte.”