The teams surrounding Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have been given extra time to negotiate a deal for their return fight.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed the news on Monday after the boxers closed in on the purse bid deadline.
Wilder and Fury were in danger of allowing outside promoters to bid on staging the contest. Only if the extension had not been granted.
Matchroom boss and Fury promoter Frank Warren’s main rival Eddie Hearn is known to be keen on getting involved.
Hearn stated he’d use the vast wealth from US streaming giant DAZN to win. Potentially gazumping any bids that took place.
That’s unlikely to happen in the current climate because Warren and Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel are closing in on an agreement.
On the back of their superb December 1st battle, Wilder v Fury II is set to be even bigger than the first meeting.
Fury laid his claim to the crown by out-boxing Wilder as predicted. The American possessed the equalizer and almost took Fury’s head off in the final round.
WBN Fighter of the Year was claimed for his efforts. And Fury is now widely recognized as the number one heavyweight on the planet.
Showtime Pay-Per-View will once again televise the event. With BT Sport Box Office taking UK rights.
Around 325,000 PPV buys were recorded initially. Predictors believe an increase is almost certain for the return.
Dates of April 27 and May 18 were bandied about last week. Whilst the latter is now the firm favorite for a New York encounter.
WBN were informed late last week that Las Vegas was still in the running. As a result, a decision expected as early as this week.
As WBN pointed out recently, Wilder v Fury has the potential to be a four-fight saga. Whatever the result of the rematch leaves the door is ajar for another bout.
If it’s half as good as the first, Wilder v Fury II will be fireworks once again.