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Tyson Fury will get an 80 per cent share of the pot for his heavyweight clash with Dillian Whyte after the WBC confirmed the purse split for the bout.
The decision will be a huge blow to mandatory challenger Whyte who was demanding a 45 per cent cut.
The fight will now go to purse bids on January 11 unless a deal is struck between the two parties before then.
The WBC informed both sides of the decision on Thursday.
Fury, 33, looked set to have a non-title fight in March as 34-year-old Whyte was in arbitration with the WBC over the split of the purses.
But now The Gypsy King looks set to face his British rival in early Spring.
The decision means the two sides have just under two weeks to agree a deal, which will be unlikely given talks have so far not progressed.
If they don’t then the fight will go to a blind bid whereby any promoter can put in an offer to stage the fight.
The highest bid will win, and Fury will get 80 per cent guaranteed of that pot with Whyte getting 20 per cent.
Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren is keen to stage the bout on these shores.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Manchester Arena have both been touted as possible venues.
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Fury beat Deontay Wilder back in October to retain the WBC belt.
He was given 30 days to negotiate an undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk but the Ukrainian is tied into a rematch clause with Anthony Joshua for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
That means interim Whyte was put in line to face unbeaten Fury next.
The only way the fight doesn’t happen now is if either Fury vacates the belt or Whyte, who has lost twice in 30 fights, withdraws from the purse bid.
- Tyson Fury
- Dillian Whyte
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