Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Eddie Hearn hints at trouble behind the scenes

  • Tom Ward

Eddie Hearn has warned Tyson Fury has ‘loads of different problems to resolve’ with Dillian Whyte – but he doesn’t think that will ‘affect the fight.’

The Gypsy King, 33, will defend his WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium on April 23 against British rival the Body Snatcher.

Fury – who has one fight left on his contract with Top Rank – could bank a massive £30million for next month’s defence against Whyte.

Whyte, 34, had expressed his unhappiness with the purse split which is weighted 80-20 in favour of Fury.

But it seems he has put all that behind him for now as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.

However, Hearn has revealed there are still a few other issues to iron out, which could throw a potential spanner in the works.

Hearn told talkSPORT: “There’s just loads of different problems to resolve.

“I don’t think it’s gonna affect the fight.

Boxing – Tyson Fury & Dillian Whyte Press Conference – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – March 1, 2022 Tyson Fury during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“But, to be honest with you, I’m so glad I’m not involved.

“Because I’ll just turn up or whatever I’ll do, tune in and watch it.

“Hopefully they both get in the ring and give everybody a great fight.”

Brixton-based Whyte is refusing to play ball so far having failed to turn up to the press conference to promote the fight itself.

But Fury’s UK co-promoter Frank Warren believes he is being ‘plain stupid’ by refusing to partake in any media duties in the build up to the fight.

Boxing – Dillian Whyte Press Conference – Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel, London, Britain – October 28, 2021 Dillian Whyte during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I genuinely believe that Dillian Whyte has cut his nose off to spite his face.

“He should’ve been there, and there was a platform there for him to create an opportunity in order to not only build him but to create narratives that we will use to build up to that particular fight.

“We wanted to see Dillian Whyte, irrespective of being totally unprofessional in the way he’s behaving to help promote this fight.

“It’s so ridiculous what they’ve done, him and his team. He’s badly advised and if he’s making the final decision then he’s plain stupid.

“It’s become, and what I always felt it would be, is the Tyson Fury homecoming show. And that’s how it turned out to be.”

’s been with Matchroom, they had the world champion for God knows how long, so don’t hold us accountable for all the problems that he’s experienced.

“This is a guy who’s been bleating, saying he’s been there in the position for 1200 days – whatever it is – and he’s got a problem with the WBC, which is not my problem. That’s between them and for them to resolve.

“In the meantime, he participated in the purse bid where the percentages were agreed and the bids went in based upon that, so everyone knew what they were getting into. Afterwards, to try and renegotiate after a purse bid, I’ve never heard anything like it.”

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