Frank Warren and Bob Arum landed a record-breaking $41m bid for Fury’s world title fight with Dillian Whyte, resulting in an undercard undercard
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Fans were disappointed with the lack of talent on the undercard when it was officially announced last week. Except for Fury’s brother and island of love star Tommy Fury, no standout names compete before the Main Event. Matchroom boss Hearn believes the poor undercard is the result of Warren’s Queensbury Promotions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank spending their entire budget on the domestic clash between Fury and Whyte.
“He paid a lot of money for the fight,” Hearn said iFL TV. “Sometimes you buy a Rolls Royce and you can’t afford to put the gas in it. When you buy a ticket you want to go and see a good night of boxing.
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Warren was hoping to book top British fighters like Anthony Yarde and Dennis McCann Joe Joyce on the undercard but couldn’t do so. Hearn thinks his rival promoter should have been more open when discussing the undercard, rather than trying to defend the quality of the fights.
“Sometimes you can try to justify an undercard, but Frank should have said, ‘I don’t have the money because I spent it all on the main event, so unfortunately that’s all you’re going to get,'” adds Hearn added. “Everyone might have gone ‘fair enough’ but then he tells us this fight is a ‘great fight’ and it’s ’50/50.’ No one has heard of these people, I think this is the platform where you should show your amazing talent.”
Some of the fighters on the undercard include former British Featherweight Champion Anthony Cacace, who fights Jonathan Romero, and Fury’s sparring partner David Adeleye, who fights Chris Healey. Warren admitted Queensbury poured their entire budget into the main event after receiving a record-breaking $41 million bid for the fight, but insisted they were multiple “cracking fights” on the undercard of the Wembley events.
“We put all our money into the main event, but we have a good fighting undercard. There are some good, crisp fights. It is what it is. Obviously it’s a disappointment,” he said. “We want to deliver every time, but at the end of the day we’re constrained by the fact that we’re offering $41 million for the fight. If we bid $32 million like Matchroom did, we’d have more money to play with. ”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/tyson-fury-dillian-whyte-undercard-26720031 Eddie Hearn likens Tyson Fury undercard to 'Rolls Royce without gas'