It’s all smiles in the Frank Warren household tonight, as the IBHOF promotor won the biggest purse bid in boxing history on Friday night to land the Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte WBC heavyweight world title fight.
Warren – aided by Top Rank in the USA – bid $41,025,000 for the fight that’s expected to land in April, with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing the only other bidder, falling short at $32,222,222.
Fury and Whyte will expect to agree on a date and UK venue for this spring, with the ‘Gypsy King’ opening up as a huge 1/7 favourite with Paddy Power to beat Dillian Whyte.
Whyte has been waiting over four years for a world title shot and comes into this clash as a sizeable 4/1 underdog with Paddy Power.
This paves the way for the other side of the heavyweight bracket to clear.
Now that Fury and Whyte are tied up for the first half of 2022, we would expect an announcement for the rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua to follow.
William Hill have the Ukrainian a big 2/5 favourite in the rematch, with ‘AJ’ found as long as 15/8 to enact revenge and regain his heavyweight titles.
With all being well, the winners of these two fights could meet in the backend of 2022 for the undisputed heavyweight crown, but as we all know, boxing is never simple nor straight forward…