Boxing News At Five | Mar 06 2019

Boxing News at Five: Whyte linked to Top Rank and ESPN deals, Catterall heads to New York to scout Hooker

Dillian Whyte is rumoured to be following Tyson Fury to America, while Jack Catterall heads to New York to spy on Maurice Hooker
Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte v Joseph Parker Press Conference  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

IN the current issue of Boxing News, you will find an eight-page feature analysing why many British boxers are looking to America for paydays they can no longer find at home [outside the unclear and forever shifting parameters of pay-per-view].

Without wanting to spoil the big reveal, the crux of it, based on a series of in-depth interviews with Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren and Sky Sports’ Adam Smith, is this: if you are a pay-per-view star in the UK, you have an abundance of options and can box either at home or in America and make a shedload of money. If, however, you are not a bona fide Box Office star, and linger somewhere on the periphery, then your options are fairly limited and America, the land of the big-spenders and TV networks in a panic to outdo one another, could be a more lucrative temporary home than Great Britain, a country in which TV rights fees have stayed the same despite the rise in fighter purses and the overall popularity of the sport.

Basically, if you are Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury, it’s all good. You can fight in the UK and bank astronomical amounts of money and you can do the same in America, too. For the likes of Dillian Whyte, Callum Smith, Kell Brook and Amir Khan, though, it’s a trickier time.

 

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