Bob Arum: “Whyte Is Avoiding Fury Press Conferences Over Money”

Dillian Whyte Still Acting Disinterested in Tyson Fury Title Shot!

Dillian Whyte gives his back to Team Fury
Dillian Whyte gives his back to Team Fury

Dillian Whyte A No-Show At First Press Conference for Tyson Fury Fight

For quite a few years, Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (28-2, 19 KO’s) has sought a shot at a heavyweight title. More specifically, the Interim WBC champion has targeted the WBC crown with gusto. When his quest first began he was chasing a bout with former champion Deontay Wilder. Now, Whyte is barreling toward a showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (31-0-1, 22 KO’s).

Oddly enough, now that the Body Snatcher is the closest that he’s ever been to his coveted shot, he remains one funny acting individual. To begin, he has belly-ached through the whole negotiation process with Team Fury and he infamously waited until the bitter last minute to sign their fight contract. Most recently though, as reported by the Daily, Whyte bailed on their first presser event at the very last minute.


According to Team Whyte, the Body Snatcher is not showing his face to display his displeasure in the lack of respect he’s received. As explained by his advisor, Jeffery Benz, Whyte would have shown if he was given a proper chance.

“Dillian Whyte would have been more than happy to attend the ticket launch event but was not able to reach agreement with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions on even his very basic requirements which are normal in the sport of boxing.

Dillian is chomping at the bit to fight Fury, even though he feels Fury doesn’t want to fight him and fears that he will pull out late in the day with a lame excuse like a broken fingernail or a nettle sting, in view of his track record.”

Jeffery Benz, advisor to Dillian Whyte


As it always is though, every story has far more than one side to the telling! With this being the case, Top Rank’s Bob Arum revealed that he believes that the Body Snatcher is essentially throwing a tantrum because he was excluded from a chunk of cash at the negotiation table.

“He will not come to the press conference. We won the purse bid, which was way higher than the next biggest bid. And he’s not coming to the press conference because we wouldn’t give him a percentage of the upside [from pay-per-view sales], which you don’t get in a purse bid. He told us he won’t come to any of the press conferences except the last one.”

Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO

Regardless of which one is true, it really is a bad look for Whyte to so consistently be this needlessly squeaky wheel. His antics will certainly come back to bite him if he does turn in a very impressive showing versus Fury, whether he wins or not. If Whyte manages to defeat Fury however, all this bluster and theatrics might have served a higher purpose. Either way, 3Kings Boxing will be there to report the news!

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By: Bakari Simpson

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