TYSON FURY is willing to give up a large chunk of his wallet to seal a historic Battle of Britain with Anthony Joshua.
Undefeated WBC champion Fury has thrown a bone at the former WBA, IBF and WBO title holder with an offer of a winter fight.
An indoor showdown at Cardiff’s Princely Stadium in mid-late December might have made sense, especially if the pair could pull off record-breaking pay-per-view numbers.
But 34-year-old Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has now revealed the fight offer they made is for a showdown in November, giving AJ just over two months to recover from his loss to Oleksdandr Usyk on August 20 to recover and prepare for the biggest fight in Britain in boxing history.
He told talkSPORT: “This is a voluntary defense and AJ was world champion so there shouldn’t be a problem making the fight.
“I think the terms we’re sending are very fair.
“We are very fair, if they want to publish the offer, everyone will be very shocked.”
SunSport reckons AJ could pocket a whopping 35 percent of the biggest purse in British boxing history.
That’s five percent more than he would have gotten if he had been a mandatory contender or finished in the WBC top-15.
Joshua isn’t ranked by the WBC, so Fury will have to single him out with special permission from Mexico’s sanctions body to make the long-awaited domestic dust cloud a reality.
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Dillian Whyte was beaten by Fury in April but he had already been thrashed in the courtroom after losing his fight by more than a 20 per cent cut of their 94k Wembley sell-out.
The Body Snatcher was the WBC Silver, Diamond and Interim Champion and was the mandatory challenger.
Still, he was forced to accept just a slice of the tickets and PPV cake.
However, AJ is in a much better purse than his old rival – despite a two-fight losing streak.
The Watford warrior’s undisputed status as a boxing superstar and his two-time reign as WBA, IBF and WBO king would pave the way for him to win the bout.
Joshua would have put up an uphill battle to get more than 20 per cent of the purse if Team Fury hadn’t been so generous.
The WBC rulebooks state:
Champions must defend their titles in either a voluntary or mandatory defense against a challenger (each, a “Qualified Challenger”) in one of the following categories:
(a) one of the top ten rated competitors; or
(b) upon approval or ratification by a majority of the Board of Governors,
I. each boxer with a rating of 11 to 15;
ii. a champion or highly rated boxer of another weight class;
iii. another WBC champion, such as a WBC Diamond or Silver Champion,
Champion Emeritus or Champion on Break;
IV. a former world champion or other elite challenger;
v. a champion of another WBC-recognized boxing organization; or
(c) in special circumstances and with two-thirds consent or ratification
(2/3) of the Board of Governors, a candidate not otherwise listed in one or more of the above categories.
3.4 Voluntary Defense. To meet their requirement to defend the title regularly and in a timely manner, the Champions propose voluntary defenses against qualified challengers, as defined above.
No fight shall be considered a voluntary defense except as permitted by the WBC in accordance with these Rules and Regulations or any WBC decision.
In terms of finances, the manual goes on to describe how AJ faces a struggle to get a decent deal.
2.17 Proceeds Sharing in a Purse Offer. The net money is split as follows:
(a) 70% for the champion and 30% for the challenger in title fights; and
(b) 50% to each contender in the case of vacant titles or eliminators;
The WBC Board of Governors may, by majority vote, authorize a change in the allocation of purse offer proceeds between boxers in a purse offer in unusual or special circumstances, such as: B. Consideration of outstanding marketing value by any Boxer as a WBC determined in its sole discretion.
The change in split is limited to 60-40% and 55-45% except in the most exceptional circumstances where the split may be changed to 50-50%.
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