The World Boxing Council have moved to push negotiations on for a second fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
A huge even on December 1 of last year left all of boxing wanting more. Fury was dropped twice after largely dominating the Los Angeles contest.
The second of those knockdowns represented one of the most amazing recoveries by a boxer of all time and will be forever remembered.
Now, as talk of Fury being offered a fight by UK rival Anthony Joshua continues, the WBC want to see a deal done as soon as possible.
“Consistent with the WBC Board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury,” said the WBC in a statement on Wednesday.
“The WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened. Also, if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC.
“This will take place on Tuesday February 5th.
“The WBC has modified the 70-30 split. 60-40 has been confirmed in favor of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury.”
“De acuerdo con la votación de la Junta de Gobierno del WBC, con respecto a la revancha directa entre el campeón de peso completo Deontay Wilder y Tyson Fury.
“El organismo notifica a ambos campos que el período de libres negociaciones está abierto. Si no se llega a un acuerdo entre las partes. Se realizará una subasta dirigida por el WBC el martes 5 de febrero.
“El WBC ha modificado la división de bolsas de 70-30 ha 60-40 a favor del campeón Wilder, esto considerando el valor de mercado de Fury.”
Fury turned down a straight cash bid from Joshua this week. Also, promoter Frank Warren said Fury only wants 50-50.
The WBC ordering a 60-40 split for Wilder v Fury II (📸 Esther Lin) is not the end of the negotiations. It will, therefore, be up to the fighters to ultimately decide who gets paid what.
Joshua remains out of the loop. That is until the heavyweight champion and promoter Eddie Hearn dig deeper into their respective pockets.
Wilder v Fury II would take place in the United States once again on Showtime PPV. With Las Vegas also leading the way as a favored venue.