Dillian Whyte's negotiations with Top Rank and ESPN nearing to a close

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The world of boxing is increasingly being influenced by the negotiations and business deals that surround any official decision within the sport, whether it be the fight purse, the venue or the broadcasters.

Although with the way the sport is evolving, it seems in order to succeed you not only need to be an exceptional boxer, but a shrewd businessman too.

According to Boxing Scene, heavyweight Dillian Whyte is the latest fighter to look overseas to the US in order to join the fast-growing business of boxing, as it seems he will soon be signing a lucrative, multiple-fight contract with promoter Bob Arum's Top Rank Inc.

Despite the deal being as good as done, the details of Whyte's next fight are scarce, with his opponent, date and venue still undecided, but will most likely be streamed on ESPN+ as they have an exclusive partnership with Top Rank.

This is the second deal with a top-10 ranked heavyweight in the last month, as Top Rank announced the signing of Whyte's fellow British heavyweight Tyson Fury on February 18.

Fury, who has a record of 27 wins and 1 draw, is set to make his Top Rank/ESPN debut in either June or July against a yet to be decided opponent.

Whyte was disappointed not to get a shot at current IBF, WBA, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua after the London-born fighter's impressive knockout in the 11th round against his rival, Dereck Chisora, in December.

He ended up turning down an offer of $4 million from Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight that could have taken place on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.

Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora 2 - Heavyweight Boxing

After Whyte turned down the offer, Hearn instead secured a deal for Joshua to fight Jarrell Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York. 

Following the unsuccessful deal with Hearn, Whyte went on a tour of the US and met with representatives of ESPN, DAZN and Showtime in the hope of receiving a better offer.

Despite Whyte demanding more money than any of those partners were willing to pay, an increase in ESPN's Top Rank's budget for 2019, as well as an initiative to be more involved in the world heavyweight scene, meant that Whyte's management team and Arum's Top Rank Inc eventually came to an agreement. 

Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora 2 - Heavyweight Boxing

Whyte has only fought once in the US since turning pro in 2011, in a victory over Malcolm Tann in the third round back in 2017.

The Body Snatcher's new contract is yet to be finalized, and an official announcement of his deal with ESPN and Top Rank Inc will follow soon after.

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