EDDIE HEARN has revealed that he expects purge bids to be delayed for a third time for Tyson Fury’s fight with Dillon White.
The Gypsy King is in talks to face Oleksandr Usik in the Undisputed Match in the Middle East.
Should that fight materialize, White and Anthony Joshua, who are preparing for their rematch against the unbeaten Ukrainian, will have to pay money to part ways.
Incredibly, the pair could seek up to £20million between them – £15m of which would go to AJ and only £5m to Whyte.
Fury’s WBC essential challenger White, meanwhile, is still locked in a legal battle with the WBC over sharing the wallet for his title shot.
Purse bids for the domestic dust-up were initially scheduled to take place on January 11, which will be put back on January 18.
And now Hearn, who is desperate to get enough bids for the fight, has revealed that he believes Friday’s purge bid will be pushed back.
Speaking to Mirror, Matchroom’s promoter said: “I doubt we are going to see it. We are ready but I doubt we are going to see it.”
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Commenting on Step-Aside Money, Hearn – who promotes both Joshua and White – said: “There is a substantial amount of money available.
“And there are people who want to try and forge this route.
“But it’s not just about the money, it’s about the plan – AJ doesn’t want someone coming and giving him money and saying ‘Okay, see you later, mate’.
“He wants to know what the real plan is, and it’s the same with Dillian White, he’s been waiting a long time and if he has to wait a few more months that’s fine but how does it work?
“Right now, I still think the favorites are two fights, but we’ll see what happens.
“It’s all so complicated, and that’s why it’s taking such a long time and sometimes it settles down and re-emerges.”