Bob Arum Says Dillian Whyte Is Still Asking For More Money
Dillian Whyte is reportedly still holding back, and there’s just one way to get him going again.
Tyson Fury’s U.S. co-promoter Bob Arum claimed that Whyte asked for more money to actively promote his upcoming fight against Fury, according to talkSPORT.
“He’s saying, ‘I want extra money to promote,’” Arum told Unibet Lowdown.
“Our position is, ‘We’re not gonna give it to you.’… But we’re not gonna be put in a position where you’re threatening us that you’re not gonna participate in the promotion.”
The claim is the latest potential roadblock in the rocky saga of Fury and Whyte’s title fight, which is scheduled for April 23 at Wembley Stadium. Aside from the purse bid being delayed about three times, Whyte and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have expressed their unsatisfaction with the WBC ordered 80-20 percent split, which is in favor of Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion.
Whyte, however, has been publicly silent, especially since the purse bid delays. Meanwhile, Fury has actively called out Whyte on social media as well as former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
The WBC heavyweight champ also took a jab at the new unified division champion, Oleksandr Usyk, who like Whyte, has also been relatively quiet.
Fury and his management were trying to get Whyte and Joshua to step aside to let an undisputed unification between him and Usyk happen, but both Whyte and Joshua – who are both promoted by Hearn – declined the money offers.
Whyte has until February 21 to sign the contract for the fight. Arum said they are not offering the mandatory challenger extra money.