Why the wallet bid was pushed back to Friday
Via Allan Fox: WBC Heavyweight champs Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) and Dillian Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) bid on purses today, scheduled for June 26, moving to monday. This Friday, June 29, in the final. time.
It is believed that Team Fury and Whyte are buying time to complete deals aside. Anthony Joshua and Whyte are both getting deals aside so Fury can face the next Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
If the trades aside are accepted by Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and Whyte, Fury will face IBF/WBA/WBO champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) in the summer, according to ESPN.
Joshua is the one who ties all of this together. Without AJ stepping aside, Fury will need to face WBC’s mandatory Whyte next as part of a fight at their command. For his part, Joshua will face Usyk in a rematch to try to regain three lost titles from last September.
Hearn said he questioned whether Joshua would agree to walk the deal aside because he doesn’t care about the money and he wants to win back the three lost titles from Usyk. That’s the hard part of all of this. Joshua was unhappy with the way he fought in the decisive round 12 loss to Usyk last September and he believes he could fight much better with a different game plan in the rematch. .
For that fight, Joshua eased, wanted lighter to try and mailbox Usyk. This time, Joshua is hitting heavy, inflated weights, with the intention of using his size to beat the undisputed former cruiser champion. Usik.
Tyson Fury on Instagram: “Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua must be the worst businessmen in history. Today they lost $90 million. ”
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– Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 26, 2022
On Monday, Joshua denied reports he had agreed to put $20 million aside. However, his promoter Eddie Hearn said there is a real offer aside that has been made and they are still negotiating.
It’s not clear what will happen on Friday if Joshua is still negotiating the side-stepping deal.
The WBC is saying that Friday is the last day for the wallet bid, meaning that if a deal is not done for Joshua to step aside by that time, Fury will need to go through the defense against Whyte or leave his title blank. .
“The World Boxing Council has once again received requests from the teams of Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte to extend the period of freestyle negotiations,” Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC president, said in a prepared statement. Wednesday morning. “The WBC has authorized this final extension and, if there is no agreement, a tender will be held next Friday, January 28.”
It is unknown how Whyte will step aside. If it’s in the $5 million range, that would be a huge deal for him, as he could potentially make $10 million for his title shot. If he can get an extra $5 million for the wait, it’s a win-win for him.