Dillian Whyte is set to pocket even less than first predicted from his fight with Tyson Fury on Saturday night, with the final purses now confirmed. Whyte fell to defeat in front of 94,000 people at Wembley Stadium following a sixth-round knockout from fellow Brit Fury.
The Body Snatcher held his own throughout, but a brutal uppercut from the Gypsy King proved all too much for Whyte, who despite getting back to his feet was unable to continue. The 34-year-old had already been given a back-seat spot in the fight after it was confirmed the purse would be split 80/20 in Fury’s favour.
However, in the aftermath it seems Whyte’s payout has been shrunken further, after it was confirmed it would in fact be an 82/18 share following Fury’s sixth-round victory.
The undisputed WBC heavyweight champion was tipped to take home a cool £23million in earnings, but this has since been increased after receiving an extra £3.2million as a winning bonus. On the other side of the split, Whyte receives just £5.8million in comparison.
Even before his two percent cut, Whyte had already slammed the purse split revealing to TalkSport last week that the arrangement was ‘manipulated’ and ‘forced’ on him. When asked if it was possible to earn more in the split he responded: “No, no, it’s impossible. How am I gonna get it?
“The fight’s Saturday, that can’t change now, that can’t change now. They were never gonna change the split. The split just got manipulated and got forced upon me. As WBC interim champion by rights I should be getting 45 per cent or 40 per cent minimum.”
Whyte broke his silence following the defeat, describing the bout as a ‘close fight’ but admitted ‘one slip’ cost him after Fury’s brutal winning punch. He told the BBC: "There wasn't a lot in it – it was a close fight and I didn't feel like I was outclassed in there.
“My game plan was to press him and start moving forward. I was trying to attack but one slip and I got caught with the shot. He's a big awkward guy – I was expecting that.
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“It was always going to be an awkward fight, but I was trying to set up and be patient and land what I could early and from round three onwards start to press. It was a good learning experience."
Fury claimed he would live up to his word of retiring following the clash with Whyte, as he said in the ring post-fight: ”Now it's all done, I have to be a man of my word and I think this is it, this might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King and what a way to go out.”
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