Dillian Whyte Signs Contract For Heavyweight Title Bout Vs Tyson Fury
Dillian Whyte finally did it.
Whyte signed the contract for his mandatory fight against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury within the closing hours of the WBC’s midnight central time deadline, multiple reports said. Fury reacted to the news and mocked his coming opponent through social media – a gimmick the British champion has stuck with, especially during the weeks of the delayed purse bids.
“Oh my God, Dillian Whyte’s signed his contract for $8million, what a surprise,” Fury said in a video that seems to be since deleted.
“An absolute idiot. Should this even be a talking point?
“The man signed for the biggest payday he’s ever gonna get in his life.”
Boxing journalist Dan Rafael, however, claimed there is still one issue related to a dispute over “language [in the contract] related to UK tax withholding.”
Finalizing the Fury vs Whyte bout has been anything but easy.
After pulling out due to injury vs Otto Wallin, Whyte argued for his awaited title shot against Fury. Fury, meanwhile, was seeking a unification fight with unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, which would crown an undisputed king – the first in years in the heavyweight division.
Whyte got tangled in legal action with the WBC while Fury and his management were trying to get former unified champion Anthony Joshua to step aside. Joshua is set to rematch Usyk in the spring after an upset loss against the Ukrainian.
The purse bid was delayed about four times. It was held up last minute the last time because Joshua and Whyte were offered step aside money deals, but both declined. Joshua would have been guaranteed the winner of Fury vs Usyk.
But now, both Fury and Usyk will have to face their respective mandatories before unifying the division.
Whyte has been silent during the whole process while Fury continues to provide updates and commentary. But on Tuesday, Fury said he will be doing a “blackout” on social media, which means he will not be active until after he meets Whyte on April 23 in the U.K.