Promoter Frank Warren has responded to concerns that Dillian Whyte may not sign the contract to fight Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight title.
Last Friday concluded a drawn-out period of twists and turns involving the four leading men in the division: Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua and Whyte.
With Joshua refusing to step aside to allow an undisputed heavyweight championship between Fury and Usyk to happen ‘The Gypsy King’s’ mandatory defence against Whyte finally went to purse bids at the fourth time of asking.
Queensberry Promotions (Warren) won with a staggering bid of over $41 million dollars to stage the fight. While they and Top Rank, Fury’s U.S promoters, celebrated there was no response from Eddie Hearn, who has promoted the majority of Whyte’s fights, and the fighter himself. The continued silence since has questions being asked. All is seemingly not well on their side having lost the purse bid and Whyte continuing to contest the 20% split offered to him by the WBC.
Last night reports emerged that the WBC has given Whyte until February 21 to provide his side of the paperwork signed and completed. With the silence continuing Boxing Social reached out to Frank Warren to get a response. We asked, ‘Are you confident Whyte is going to sign the contract and fight Fury? Or are you prepared for him not to because of his complaint over the 20%?’
Warren’s response was, “We will see when he receives the contract”.
Getting a fight between Fury and Whyte over the line was never going to be simple or straight forward. Nevertheless, it appears this situation is very much in the balance and despite the drama of last week coming to an end this story between these two heavyweight rivals clearly still has some way to go.