Frank Warren making play for Dillian Whyte as heavyweight considers split with Eddie Hearn

Whtye is considering leaving Matchroom Boxing (Picture: Getty)

Frank Warren is still hopeful he can sign Dillian Whyte despite reports claiming the British heavyweight is about to join Top Rank, according to sources.

Tyson Fury penned a shock co-promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN last month and will now be represented by Warren and Bob Arum.

Reports in America claim Whyte is close to agreeing a deal with Top Rank and ESPN, although Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn said his fighter had told him the rumours were ‘nothing’.

Warren would love to have Whyte on his books (Picture: Getty)

Whyte has spent the most lucrative part of his pro career with Hearn, but was furious with his promoter when they failed to come to terms with Anthony Joshua, who is also handled by the Matchroom boss.

The London fighter claimed Hearn disrespected him with a ‘derisory’ offer and has been continually frustrated in his quest to secure a world title fight.

Warren is chasing a sit-down meeting with Whyte and remains in talks about the possibility of the fighter making the switch from Matchroom.

Whyte is currently looked after Hearn and Matchroom (Picture: Getty)

Hearn has previously insisted Whyte is free to leave Matchroom, stating the Bodysnatcher is not contractually tied to his promotion.

‘You’ve got to look after yourself. I think we’ve done an amazing job with Dillian Whyte,’ Hearn told AB Boxing News.

‘We’ve taken him from small hall shows to No.1 in the world, and multiple pay-per-view fights. He’s earned millions and millions of dollars with us.

Warren promotes Fury along with Top Rank’s Bob Arum (Picture: PA)

‘But he is a free agent, and if he what’s to leave us and go elsewhere, then he’s got to do what’s right for his career.

‘My worry is you have Joshua on DAZN, and you’ve got (Deontay) Wilder on Showtime. There’s no belts on ESPN, and they’re willing to pay people a lot of money to come on there for easier fights, and you’ll see Fury on one of them.

‘If Dillian Whyte joins them, you’ll see him in one of them.’

Whyte wants a world title fight (Picture: Getty)

Whyte joining ESPN’s ranks would put him a collision course with Fury, who is due to fight in the United States in May or June.

Fury’s £80million deal with ESPN means the former unified world champion will now build his profile in America.

The shock announcement derailed talks with Deontay Wilder and Fury’s rematch with the WBC champion will now not happen until the end of the year at the earliest, but Whyte would be the frontrunner to fight the Gypsy King next if he joins Top Rank.


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