Frank Warren reveals FOUR new possible opponents for Tyson Fury after Whyte blow

Tyson Fury will not fight Dillian Whyte next, according to promoter Frank Warren, who has revealed there are talks with four other possible opponents for March.

The WBC have ordered a fight between their champion Fury and Whyte but a number of issues remain unresolved.

The main bone of contention as it stands is over the Londoner’s split of the fight purse. Fury’s camp want 80-20 in favour of ‘The Gypsy King’ while Whyte and Eddie Hearn are pushing for a split closer to 55-45.

Whyte is currently in legal arbitration with the WBC over the matter, but Fury’s promoter Warren does not expect it to be resolved any time soon. Warren says they will now move forward to find another opponent for Fury to fight first.

Fury has fought just once in 22 months, his trilogy win over Deontay Wilder in October, and his desperate to return to the ring. Explaining the situation to IFL TV, Warren said Fury will fight in March, but not with his WBC title on the line due to the ongoing case with Whyte.

‘I’m pretty confident one of those shows [in March] will feature him,’ Warren said of Fury. ‘He won’t be defending his WBC title, there is a problem there, not of his making or our making.

‘The WBC and Dillian Whyte are in arbitration and that hearing is not set to be heard until March. We can’t negotiate. It’s all very well Eddie Hearn saying this nonsense about negotiating, how can you negotiate when the WBC haven’t said what the splits are?

‘In his mind he thinks he’s getting 45 per cent, in our mind, it’s 20 per cent based on the previous purses that were lodged under WBC regulations.

‘They won’t determine what the percentages are until after the arbitration. And that doesn’t mean the fight will take place in April, we have to negotiate, book a venue. And that could go until June. So Tyson will fight, but not for the WBC title.’

Warren added: ‘He can’t be inactive because of the problems caused by this arbitration between the WBC and Whyte.’

Warren was reluctant to name possible opponents for Fury but said there are four currently under consideration.

‘We have got to sort out an opponent first before we can move further forward,’ he continued.

‘I‘m not going to go into that because we have got to get things done first. But we are working quite hard on it an there are about four in the frame and we will make a decision on that, subject to their availability too.’

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