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Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte to meet in U.K. for heavyweight belt


Tyson Fury will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte in the U.K. this spring after promoter Frank Warren won a purse bid for the bout.

Top Rank, Furyโ€™s U.S.-based promoter, and Warrenโ€™s Queensberry Promotions announced the deal on Friday, concluding months of drawn-out negotiations over the unbeaten Furyโ€™s future. Warren is paying just over USD 41 million for the rights, according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaimรกn, making it the richest purse bid in boxing history.

Fury (31-0-1, 22 knockouts) took to his social media platforms to herald the deal for his first bout since his dramatic 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder last October in Las Vegas, completing their entertaining fight trilogy.

โ€œBig G.K. is coming home, Iโ€™m coming home!โ€ Fury sang, referring to his nickname, the Gypsy King. โ€œCannot wait. Me and Dillian are going to put it on the line.โ€

The date and location of the bout arenโ€™t certain yet, but Furyโ€™s announcement confirmed he and Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) plan to meet in the spring somewhere in the U.K. Fury is a Manchester native, while Whyte was born in Jamaica and moved to Britain as a child.

Fury and Whyte squabbled for weeks over the split of fight revenue, and heavyweight stars Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk got involved in the discussions while promoters considered several options for the four heavyweightsโ€™ next steps.

Joshua was offered money to step aside from his contractually obligated rematch with Usyk to allow the Ukrainian three-belt heavyweight champion to unify the titles with a fight against Fury. Joshua lost the WBA, WBO and IBF belts to Usyk in September.

But the negotiations ultimately led to a new challenge for Fury, who hasnโ€™t fought in the U.K. since August 2018. Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Furyโ€™s belt, and he is getting his first world title shot.

โ€œDillian Whyte got what he wished for,โ€ Top Rank boss Bob Arum said. โ€œI look forward to Tyson Fury defending the heavyweight title in one of the biggest all-British showdowns in boxing history. The Gypsy King is coming home.โ€

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