After nearly two months of negotiations, the planned WBC heavyweight title fight went to a purse bid on Friday after being rescheduled multiple times.
And Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren ended up securing the rights to the fight with a $41 million bid.
“Fury, the champion, will earn $29,538,000,” ESPN reported. “Whyte, the WBC’s longtime No. 1 contender, will make $7,384,500. A bonus of $4,102,500 will go to the winner, 10% of the winning bid, per WBC rules.”
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, was the only other promoter to bid with a $32 million offer.
However, the fight will be co-promoted by Warren as well as Top Rank, and is being targeted for April 23 in the United Kingdom according to ESPN.
“I can’t wait to punch Dillian Whyte’s face right in, mate,” Fury said in an Instagram video Thursday. “I’m going to give him the best hiding he’s ever had in his life. Dillian Whyte, train hard, sucker, because you’re getting annihilated, bum.”
The news also puts an end to any planned agreement for Anthony Joshua to step aside from his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
There was talk of Joshua accepting a lucrative money offer to step aside so that Fury could face Usyk in a heavyweight title unification bout.
However, that didn’t end up panning out and as originally expected, Fury will face Whyte while Joshua will challenge Usyk.
The winner of those two fights could end up facing each other later this year to finally unify the division.