Dillian Whyte is set to see his net worth more than double overnight – regardless of whether or not he can stun Tyson Fury in Saturday night's WBC heavyweight title showdown at Wembley.
The 34-year-old Brixton bruiser is set to finally get a crack at winning a world title after years of disputes and obstacles. But if is to accomplish his dream, he'll have to upset the undefeated Fury; who was won 31 of his 32 clashes. A controversial draw with Deontay Wilder is the only blemish on his stunning record.
With his own impressive record of 28-2, Whyte has built himself up as one of the UK's biggest boxing stars over the past few years – and has even nudged ahead of fellow Brit Anthony Joshua in the race to topple Fury for the world title after Joshua was stunned by Oleksandr Usyk last year.
After his pummelling his way through the ranks, Whyte is now set for a career-high payday for Saturday's seismic showdown – with the Bodysnatcher set to bag a stunning £5.5million share of the whopping purse. That sum would see him more than double his net worth after it was estimated by Sportekz back in 2020 that the brawler was worth an estimated $7m (£5.3m).
Whyte's biggest ever purse is a million miles away from the pittance he raked in during his early years in the sport. The two megastars are set to tangle in front of over 94,000 people at Wembley – a new attendance record.
That's a far cry from the Midway Park Leisure Centre in Gillingham that Whyte made his professional debut in. The south Londoner also fought at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent but has gone on to rake in big bucks from fights with Alexander Povetkin and Derek Chisora more recently.
But despite Whyte's big payday, the WBC interim champion has been left fuming with what he describes as an unfair split of the purse. Fury is set to rake in over 80% of the purse (£22m), with a further £3.1m on offer to the winner of the bout.
The dispute has played havoc with the build-up to the mega fight, with Whyte purposely shunning the initial press conference earlier this year and the open workout that took place earlier this week.
And Whyte admitted just days before the fight that he was still unhappy with the ridiculous purse split – even though he's set to double his net worth. But he conceded that there was no chance of it now being overturned.
Whyte told talkSPORT: “No I’m not happy with the purse split. As WBC ‘interim’ champion by rights I should be getting 45 per cent or 40 per cent minimum. But this is boxing, we need the fight.
“They were trying to say, ‘Ah, if you don’t agree this, we’re gonna run off.’ I need the fight, I need the opportunity. It’s about the opportunity at the end of the day.
"There’s a lot of people that don’t understand, they were like, ‘Ah, you should be happy with this, you should be happy with that.’ No. A lot’s gone on. I’ve fought, I’ve risked my position, I’ve done what the WBC asked of me. But this is life, you don’t cry about stuff like that.”
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