WBC Grants Open Negotiating Period For Heavyweight Title Fight For Tyson Fury-Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte has officially been named the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury.

On Tuesday, the WBC issued an order for the open negotiating period to begin between the heavyweight title bout between Fury and Whyte.

Open negotiating periods usually last 30 days, but the parties behind Fury and Whyte may be given additional time due to the upcoming break during the holiday season, Boxing Scene reported.

The WBC did not clarify a purse split for the heavyweight title fight. Champions and challengers usually divide it 70-30. Last month at WBC’s annual convention, Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, who is one of Fury’s promotions, proposed an 80-20 split in favor of Fury.

If representatives for Fury-Whye can’t come to an agreement, the WBC would order a purse bid, allowing any promoter to make an offer for the rights to promote the title fight.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) recently ended his trilogy fight with heavy hitter Deontay Wilder, retaining the WBC heavyweight belt. Whyte, meanwhile, regained his WBC interim title in his last fight against Alexander Povetkin, who he stopped in the fourth round.

Whyte was supposed to fight Otto Wallin on October 30, but pulled out due to injury.

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