It’s finally settled! Tyson Fury will defend his WBC and lineal heavyweight championship against interim WBC champion Dillian Whyte in what promises to be an encounter of epic proportions. Fury vs Whyte is already making a great noise, and the anticipation behind the match-up is surreal. Earlier, the fight made headlines after Frank Warren top Eddie Hearn for a massive $41 million fight purse. Among reports of a possible step aside deal for Joshua to pave the way for Fury to fight Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight strap, it’s certain now that Fury will come face to face with Whyte first.
Bob Arum has confirmed that Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte will be an ESPN PPV in the US and said he believes it has a good chance to do 500k buys. [@IFLTV]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 30, 2022
Needless to say, $41 million is a huge amount. Moreover, it tops Holyfield vs Doughlas for the highest purse bid. It goes without saying if Queenberry Promotions is not able to promote the fight well and fetch good business, they could be in for a huge loss. Tyson Fury will receive 80% of the purse, while the rest will go to Whyte. It roughly translates to around $32 million for Fury and $8 million for Dillian.
Ever since the purse bid was announced, fans have been speculating how many PPV buys can Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte do. Speaking on the same, Top Rank promoter Bob Aru, revealed that he expects Fury vs Whyte to fetch 500K PPV buys. He also revealed that Fury vs Whyte will be an ESPN PPV.
How many PPV buys can Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte fetch?
Bob Arum’s number of 500k PPV buys for Fury vs Whyte is quite achievable. Considering Fury vs Wilder brought in near about 7000k PPV buys, it’s safe to say that boxing fans will be excited to witness Fury inside the ring once again. Additionally, with the fight being billed as an “All-British” heavyweight showdown, it’s safe to say that it’s bound to grab the attention of boxing fans around the world.
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Additionally, Fury and Whyte is not a new match-up. Ahead of Fury’s trilogy fight with Wilder, there were reports that Whyte could face Fury next. The interim champion is the mandatory challenger, and while Whyte decided to defend the belt against Povetkin, losing and regaining it after sharing the ring with him twice, The Gypsy King was bound to face him at some point.