The situation regarding the stipulated WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder should become a lot clearer in the next nine days as the pursed bid deadline looms on the horizon.
October 1 is the big date that the World Boxing Council have set aside for the contest to be agreed and both sides are set for a busy few days as champion Stiverne and challenger Wilder attempt to thrash out a long-winded deal once and for all.
Stiverne’s representative, Camille Estephan is hopeful talks can see a purse bids become obsolete for next week, but says either way his fighter is already focusing on retaining his title this year against the dangerous knockout specialist.
“Bermane is in camp preparing to fight Wilder in 2014,” Estephan told World Boxing News. “We are awaiting October 1st for the purse bid, but talks might yet get us an agreement prior. It’s a possibility, although really hard to tell right now.
“Whatever happens, we are looking forward to the fight and we are confident ‘B-Ware’ will make a statement in this fight with his performance,”
On the flipside, Wilder’s trainer and manager Jay Deas is a bit more cautious about negotiations as his charge aims to become a world champion after amassing the most impressive KO record in the sport.
Wilder, 28, has stopped all 32 of his opponents within four rounds and now stands on the verge of participating in his first significant title bout once pen is put to paper for the encounter.
“From our point of view there is no news yet, but we believe that a lot more should be known in the next week or so,” said Deas.
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