Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have been given an additional week to agree a fight earlier than their negotiations veer to a new stage.
Fury has been in talks to defend his WBC championship in opposition to Whyte, after being ordered to enter negotiations by the governing physique, however they haven’t but struck an settlement.
Their deadline was due to be on Tuesday however they now have extra time.
Is Whyte set to problem Fury?
“The WBC has extended the free negotiations period for the WBC mandatory heavyweight title fight between champion Tyson Fury and interim champion Dillian Whyte,” a assertion learn.
“If there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be held on Tuesday January 18 at noon in Mexico City WBC headquarters.”
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The WBC named Whyte because the necessary challenger however then dominated that Fury would take 80 per cent of the entire purse for the fight.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn informed talkSPORT that they’d enchantment the WBC’s verdict to solely award them 20 p.c.
The WBC dominated Fury ought to maintain 80 p.c of whole purse
If an settlement shouldn’t be struck between Fury and Whyte within the subsequent week, then on Tuesday January 18 their potential fight will go to ‘purse bids’.
This means any promoters can enter the negotiations to finance and stage the fight.
Fury’s UK-based promoter Frank Warren needs him again within the ring on March 26.
‘Fury does not like physique punches!’
Whyte has beforehand claimed that he knocked Fury down in a sparring session and stated: “He knows I’ve put him down before and he knows I can put him down again.
“I can be telling the ref, ‘Listen, he wants to put on his physique protect a lot decrease than he does in a lot of earlier fights’, as a result of he does not like physique punches and that is one of the primary the reason why he does not need to fight me.”
Fury needs to return to the ring by March
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who guides Fury within the US, beforehand stated: “Why wouldn’t Fury respect Whyte?
“Heavyweights throw bombs. If he does not respect him, he’ll be in a lot of bother.
“Fury is enough of a professional, and a great fighter, and he knows that you don’t take a guy like Whyte lightly.”
Top Rank president Todd DuBoef stated Whyte “makes a lot of sense” as Fury’s subsequent opponent however added: “He really doesn’t care who he fights. We are targeting keeping him in the ring.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
Sunday January 30 – Top Rank in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC super-featherweight title eliminator
Saturday February 5 (focused) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Sunday February 6 – Top Rank in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza
Saturday February 19 – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Saturday February 26 – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight titles