Promoter Frank Warren Responds To Fury-Whyte Undercard Criticisms
Promoter Frank Warren has responded to criticisms on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte, saying “It is what it is.”
The seven-fight undercard will feature Anthony Cacace in a super featherweight bout against Jonathan Romero for a second WBO belt; Isaac Lowe will face Nick Ball in a featherweight WBC title fight and Tommy Fury, the younger half-brother of Tyson, will serve as the co-main event in a light heavyweight bout against Daniel Bocianski.
“Anthony Yarde was supposed to fight on there,” Warren told IFL TV.
“Unfortunately that didn’t work out. Bob Arum’s heavyweight, Jared [Anderson], was supposed to be on there, but he got injured.
“We’ve put all our money into the main event, but we’ve got a good fighting undercard. There’s a couple of good cracking fights on there. It is what it is.”
Warren then reminded that nearly 94,000 tickets were sold on the basis of the main event.
The Queensberry Promotions promoter won promotional rights to Fury-Whyte with a record bid of $41 million, which was about $9 million more than the $32 million Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn had put up.
Per decree by the WBC, there will be an 80-20 split, which will lean in favor for the WBC heavyweight champion Fury, earning $29,538,000 while Whyte will pocket a guaranteed $7,384,500, according to new reported figures by Boxing Scene.
The winner will make an extra $4 million, or 10% of the winning bid.
“Obviously, it’s a disappointment. We want to deliver every time but at the end of the day we are constricted by the fact that we bid 41 million dollars for the fight. If we bid 32 million, as Matchroom did, we’d have more money to play with,” Warren added.
The title fight will take place on April 23 in Wembley Stadium in England.