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Pulev vs Whyte purse bid goes to surprise winner

Neither fighter’s promoter won Thursday’s purse bid.

Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev Press Conference Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The rights to the IBF heavyweight eliminator fight were up for purse bid today in New Jersey, and in a big surprise, neither Matchroom Boxing nor Team Sauerland came out the victor.

The bout, pitting Matchroom’s Dillian Whyte and Sauerland’s Kubrat Pulev, instead will be promoted by Epic Sports & Entertainment, who won with a large bid of $1,500,111, handily defeating Matchroom ($831,111) and Sauerland ($801,305).

Epic is led by John Wirt, a former attorney for legendary promoter Don King.

If the fight goes through with Epic as promoter, Pulev will get a purse of just over $1.125 million, while Whyte gets 25% of the bid at about $375,000.

Epic has until June 8 to get signed contracts from the fighters, and the fight has to take place before August 24.

The winner becomes a mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua, who also holds the WBA and WBO heavyweight titles along with the IBF strap.

If this fight actually happens — and it’s kind of a weird situation so who knows? — who do you like to win?

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