Lucas Browne has already put his side across in the Dillian Whyte saga as the Australian bids to secure a UK fight with the highly-ranked heavyweight for the spring.
The former heavyweight title holder, who is undefeated 25 bouts with 22 KO’s, has been frustrated in his attempts to negotiate a deal to battle Whyte in the coming months.
Figures of between £300,000 and £1 million were scoffed at by the Australian puncher in a recent update and WBN have now contacted manager Matt Clark and lawyer Leon Margules (who is spearheading the deal for Browne) to get their side.
Margules exclusively explained to World Boxing News: “We are not there as they are being cheap with us but we are trying to get it done.
“If we were anywhere close to 300 lbs we would already have a deal done. They have offered way less but we are still fairly close and want to make a deal,” he added.
Clark added: “What we are asking is a very fair amount. It’s way less than what’s being quoted on various internet sites.
“My understanding of the situation is that Eddie has been in contact with Hatton Promotions today and has told them that Whyte is in control of the financials and he’s attempting to get them to budge on his figure.
“That’s all we can say at the moment as the situation (regarding signing a contract to fight) lies with Dillian Whyte at the moment.”
An initial date of February was on the cards for Whyte but due to struggles securing an opponent ‘The Bodysnatcher’ is now eyeing up a return in March or April.
A spot on the Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker if confirmed for March 31 could be workable, although Hearn may want to promote the contest as a stand-alone encounter.
More is set to come to light once further talks take place over the New Year.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay