Hearn: Wilder Turned Down $3 Million Offer To Face Whyte

According to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) turned down an offer of $3 million, plus the money from US television, to make a voluntary defense against Dillian Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs).

Wilder is back in the ring on November 4th, when he defends his title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He was originally set to fight Luis Ortiz, but the fight fell out when the Cuban puncher failed a pre-fight drug test and the WBC refused to sanction the fight.

Whyte is going to return on October 28th in Cardiff, as part of the Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev undercard. There is no opponent set, as several potential candidates have rejected the fight.

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Hearn is having a very hard time securing an opponent for Whyte, who in August made his United States debut on the Terence Crawford. Julius Indongo undercard in Nebraska. Hearn has fight options on Indongo.

A few months ago, Hearn says he attempted to get Wilder in the ring with Whyte, but he was unable to get a deal - regardless of the money offered. The British promoter claims Wilder, for his upcoming fight, is only making half of what he could have made for Whyte. 

“People don’t want to fight Dillian Whyte. He’s a handful.  He’s a real handful. He’s got a great chin, he don’t stop throwing punching, he’s strong. It’s frustrating,” Hearn told Boxing News. “He just keeps coming back at you.”

“They don’t seem to want the fight. It’s frustrating trying to get Dillian Whyte an opponent. Every fighter that we’re asking for money we are giving it to them and they’re still coming back and not accepting the fight. We’ve offered Wilder three million dollars and US TV. It’s probably four million dollars. And he’s making one and a half."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 10-14-2017

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post First you say Whyte's nothing, no proof, just your opinion, then you bring up PED users of which Whyte was only one accidentally 5 years ago, and never since. Yeah bubba, the world…

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=Mrbamladen;18127374]Isn't Whyte a ped user who was banned from boxing for being one??? Yeah....makes perfect sense for wilder to lose out on three fights in a years time only to waste his time with another ped user. Even better, this…

Comment by iamboxing on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;18132242]First you say Whyte's nothing, no proof, just your opinion, then you bring up PED users of which Whyte was only one accidentally 5 years ago, and never since. Yeah bubba, the world is just gonna stop what they're doing…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 10-13-2017

[QUOTE=BWC;18130666]Whyte is a goddam nobody. Wilder signed up to fight two top-5 guys who turned out to be PED cheats. Yes wilder bashers forget all that of course..[/QUOTE] First you say Whyte's nothing, no proof, just your opinion, then you…

Comment by joe strong on 10-12-2017

[QUOTE=champion4ever;18128622]Then what is his ranking in the WBC?[/QUOTE] WBC #2 now that Ortiz is no longer in the rankings at the moment...

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