Tyson Fury’s Promoter Says No One in the US Knows Dillian Whyte, Snubs His Mandatory Demand

Published 12/29/2021, 8:00 AM EST


Dillian Whyte deserves a shot at Tyson Fury for the WBC world heavyweight title. Unfortunately, the WBC mandatory challenger may not get the opportunity as his team has not been able to come to an agreement with Fury’s team.

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While Dillian Whyte would have made the most sense for ‘The Gypsy King’, Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum revealed why they aren’t considering it. Arum hailed Whyte as an A-lister, but didn’t want to put him against Fury for the amount of money he demanded.

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In an exclusive chat with IFL TV, Bob Arum addressed the issue and said, “Tyson [Fury] is the big attraction. Nobody has heard in the United States of Dillian Whyte really and I think we have offered him a deal of 25% with a guarantee and let him negotiate for that. But again, he says he wants eight-figures. You know, over 10 million, which is like out of the question. I don’t know what he is talking about.”

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Dillian Whyte can actually wait until Fury defends his other two belts. However, he may miss out, as he would have to defend his interim belt.

Furthermore, if Fury beats another opponent, Arum will be keen on booking him against the winner of Usyk vs Joshua 2. That said, Dillian Whyte seems miles away from the world championship shot.

Is Dillian Whyte losing his charm in the heavyweight division?

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Whyte is a top-rated knockout artist and is a legitimate name in the existing roster. He can offer tough challenges to several names, including Tyson Fury. However, the outer-ring drama has cost him his mandatory sport. Despite being the rightful contender, Whyte has to rely on Tyson Fury, who will seemingly make the calls at will.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Dillian Whyte reacts to victory over Mariusz Wach after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Mariusz Wach during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Hence, one cannot say that ‘The Body Snatcher’ is losing his charm. However, several factors have made it seem so.

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Whyte will be the biggest loser here and all he can do is keep winning his fights in the hope that WBC orders purse bids and he gets the sum he feels he deserves.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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