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All set for Fury vs Whyte £30m bout

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World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will meet Dillian Whyte in an all-British fight at Wembley on 23 April.

Whyte signed a contract to meet the WBC champion earlier this week just hours before the deadline.

Fury is unbeaten with 31 wins and one draw has not fought in the UK since August 2018 when he beat Francesco Pianeta in Belfast.

Whyte, who has 28 wins and two losses in his 30-fight career, is the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt.

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Fury’s promoter Frank Warren won the purse bid with his effort of approximately £30million, which beat the £23m put forward by Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn. Both were record bids in the entire history of boxing.

An 80/20 per cent purse split was agreed in favour of champion Fury, though the split only relates to 90 per cent of the overall winning bid (£27m) – because the promoter must deposit the other 10 per cent.

As such, Fury will thus take home approximately £21.5m, while Whyte receives around £5.5m.

The winner will receive the 10 per cent deposit (£3m).

Fury’s last outing saw him retain his title with an 11th-round knockout of American Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in their third fight.

“Tyson Fury coming home to fight under the arch at Wembley Stadium is a fitting reward for the number one heavyweight in the world following his exploits across the Atlantic in his epic trilogy against Deontay Wilder,” said promoter Frank Warren, whose Queensberry Promotions won the purse bid to stage the fight.

“The fact that this mandatory defence of his WBC title comes against another Brit only adds to the occasion. They are two of the biggest characters in British sport and both normally have plenty to say for themselves.

“It is going to be an incredible night and a huge occasion for sport in this country that will capture the imagination of fans right across the world.”

Since his last fight in the UK, Fury has fought exclusively in the US after signing a promotional deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

Whyte last fought when he beat Alexander Povetkin with a knockout in March 2021 – the Briton was forced to pull out of a bout against Otto Wallin in October because of a shoulder injury.

“Dillian Whyte has called for this fight for years, and while he is a deserving challenger, no heavyweight can match ‘The Gypsy King’,” said Arum.

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