Bob Arum talks Tyson Fury fighting Dillian Whyte in April

Promoter Bob Arum says Tyson Fury’s defense of his WBC Heavyweight belt against Dillian Whyte will be shown on ESPN pay-per-view in the US and on the BT Sport Box Office PPV in the UK. Arum will announce the date of the fight next week at a press conference.

Earlier Friday, Arum’s Top Rank, along with ESPN and Frank Warren, won $41 million. Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs).

In late April, the fight in the UK will reportedly take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Arum is not saying who will be on the bottom card apart from Fury’s sparring partner Jared Anderson.

To properly sell Fury-Whyte to American fans on PPV, you’ll need family names because casual fans won’t pay $75 to order a fight to see Fury Fight No Name introduced not so long ago by 40-year-old Alexander Povetkin.

Whyte is an excellent British heavyweight, but he’s not very well known in the US because he needs to fight with Fury to bring in big PPV numbers unless Top Rank piles up the bottom card.

Fury vs. Whyte on ESPN PPV

Bob Arum told Fighthype in his reaction to him and Frank Warren who won Friday’s Fury vs. Whyte: “We were bidding with our TV partners BT in the UK and ESPN in the US.”

β€œIn the UK, it will be on BT, and Sky is working to make its platform available. UK PPV broadcasters for a Fury-Whyte fight will be a huge pay-per-view fight in the UK,” Arum said of UK PPV broadcasters.

β€œIn the US, ESPN will be the distributor, and it will be on all platforms. On Demand, DirectTV, Dish, ESPN+. It’s pay-per-view [in the U.S] in late April. I am not at liberty to announce the date now. It will be announced next week at a press conference.

Fury asks Jared Anderson

“He’s over the moon now,” Arum said of Fury. “He spoke to me after trying to buy the bag, and the first thing he said to me was that he wanted Jared Anderson there to argue with him.

“We’ll make it one of the principles that underpin the Fury-Whyte card. I don’t know anything about that,” Arum said when asked if he was planning to try a fight between Deontay Wilder and Jared Anderson.

“Again, I have to talk to James Prince about Jared Anderson’s next step. He’s a young heavyweight and there’s no need to push him. So we’re going to fight in April, and we’ll see what we do with Jared. I really think he’s going to be the heavyweight champion yet,” Arum said. Tyson Fury”.

If Arum could match Jared Anderson against a heavyweight such as Filip Hrgovic or Andy Ruiz Jr. Or Joseph Parker or Frank Sanchez, that should fetch some PPV purchases from American boxing fans.

Why step down the deal fell apart

“That was a deal in the Middle East, and it was very complicated,” Arum said of why the step-down deal didn’t work out. “It won’t happen because they just won’t have to pay for Usyk’s fight with Fury.

“They had to pay Joshua a move for a huge amount and White in two fights. There was a TV rights issue, and they wouldn’t get together.

β€œThey couldn’t take the fight in April because it’s Ramadan, and we were talking about fighting the fight at best in June. Tyson got impatient with the whole thing,” Arum said.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said the side deal didn’t work out because Fury requested a tuning fight in March. He wanted to make an adjustment before fighting Usyk later this year, and they didn’t agree to that request.

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