Dillian Whyte branded “greedy” after making huge Tyson Fury purse demand
Dillian Whyte has been labelled "greedy" by legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum over his demands for a world title fight with Tyson Fury.
The 'Body Snatcher' was ordered as the mandatory challenger for Fury's WBC title, but the fight is seemingly off after Whyte demanded a purse of £10 million.
Fury is expected to compete in a non-title bout against former unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr or Robert Helenius next instead of facing Whyte.
And Arum said WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman will allow Fury to keep his WBC title whilst welcoming the non-title bout.
“Dillian Whyte could have that fight. We would do that fight. But they’re – in our view – very greedy with what they’re asking," he told iFL TV.
“We’ve offered them a big, good deal. A purse deal far more than they’ve ever gotten in any fight, and that hasn’t moved them.
"So we’ve talked to the head of the WBC – Mauricio Sulaiman – and he said 'look, it breaks my heart, but go find another opponent, fight without the WBC title and we're not gonna take it away from you'
"Dillian Whyte really, and his people, should come to the table and fight Tyson Fury, but that's not likely to happen so they're going to play out the arbitration."
Fury wants to fight in February or March of next year, with a fight against Ruiz likely taking place in Las Vegas whilst Manchester would host a clash with Helenius.
He pressed Anthony Joshua to step aside from his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk to force an undisputed title fight, but Joshua is set to go ahead with his second fight against Ukrainian.
Whyte has been waiting for his shot against Fury since winning back the interim WBC belt against Alexander Povetkin in March.
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And Arum has told Whyte to get his arbitration case resolved and stop demanding such a big payday to fight Fury.
"If he can think he can win and take the WBC title, stop cr****** around with the arbitration and looking to push for the biggest dollar," he continued.
"Tyson is the bigger attraction, no-one has heard of Dillian Whyte in the United States really.
"We have offered him a deal with 25 per cent and a guarantee and let him negotiate from that, but again he says he wants eight-figures over ten million which is out of the question.
"The WBC will be talking about 25 per cent and 75 per cent from the champion but he needs to come to the table with a normal type of negotiation."
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