Tyson Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, has stated that rival Eddie Hearn “has nothing to do” with the Fury-Dillian Whyte World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence, scheduled for April 23, and that Hearn’s comments are “confusing people”.
Warren is still waiting for a signed contract from Whyte’s lawyers and revealed there is a concrete deadline or they will “move on” after a $40 million winning purse was bid back in January. The contract deadline comes up this weekend and WBC mandatory challenger Whyte is yet to make a comment publicly.
“It’s not what we want to happen but, yes, we would move on. We don’t want to get there. But the WBC set the terms of the purse bid. From the day of the purse bid, there were 21 days to lodge the contract, regardless of what Eddie Hearn says,” said Warren.
Fury is set to earn £25m for his defence of the WBC crown, while Whyte will earn £6m.
Warren added: “One, we’re not dealing with him (Hearn), we’re dealing with Dillian Whyte’s lawyer. He has no involvement unless we’re told otherwise. We’ve been dealing and negotiating with his lawyer, and that’s it. The fight is a three-way thing, it’s Queensberry, Top Rank and Tyson Fury, that’s all we care about and that’s where it’s at. As far as Hearn’s concerned, he sends a lot of stuff out that just confuses people, the facts are the facts.”
Warren continued: “He [Hearn] has a lot of things to say, he said Tyson was never going to fight Deontay Wilder the first time. He said he wasn’t going to show up, he doesn’t trust him to show up. He wouldn’t win the purse bid, we wouldn’t put any money in.
“All the time he says lots of things and to be quite honest, he’s got nothing to do with this fight, it’s all irrelevant.
“If he [Whyte] doesn’t sign he’s out. Those were the terms of the purse bid. Why wouldn’t he sign? He’s getting a massive purse, it makes no sense for him not to sign.”
Bob Arum, Fury’s US promoter, added: “He [Hearn] won’t shut up. He has all these nothing guys in the United States who can’t draw their breath.”
What is it?
A world heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte for the WBC belt.
When is it?
The fight is expected to take place in April.
Where is it?
Should the fight go ahead, the fight is expected to take place in either London or Cardiff – with Wembley Stadium the current favourite to host the bout.
How to watch Fury-Whyte on TV
Fury’s recent fights have been broadcast on BT Sport pay-per-view while Whyte’s bouts has been on Sky Sports box office.
It means a deal will likely need to be stuck over who holds the main rights.