Stiverne v Wilder in limbo as purse bids are held up further

Phil Jay 03/10/2014

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne is still no closer to learning when he will make the first defence of his title belt after the deadline for his madatory clash with Deontay Wilder came and went on Wednesday.

The 35 year-old has been stipulated to begin negotiations with the knockout specialist for some time now, although manager Camille Estephan was in the dark when asked for the latest news on the situation on Friday night.

“The purse bid for Bermane’s fight with Wilder was postponed and there is no bid scheduled,” Estephan confirmed to World Boxing News.

Both sides have been openly stating that they are keen to seal an agreement for the high-profile contest, which will see Canadian Stiverne attempt to end one of the most impressive records in the sport today.

Wilder, 28, has won all 32 of his bouts and stopped every single foe within four rounds, although there have been some questions marks against the calibre of opposition the American has faced and fans are eager to see the ‘Bronze Bomber’ face a top fighter.

The heavyweight division has been given a breath of fresh air since Stiverne overcame Chris Arreola to add a third top division champion to the mix, and the sooner the pair put pen to paper the better it will be for all concerned.

Mauricio Sulaiman has consistently told WBN that he expects a deal to be done soon regarding the encounter, but the WBC President may well be forced to intervene on the back of these latest events.

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