The teams surrounding Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury gained extra time to negotiate a deal for their return battle.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed the news on Monday after the boxers closed in on the purse bid deadline.
“WBCBoxing has extended the free negotiation period for Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury. Both parties requested time to finalize a deal,” said Sulaiman.
Wilder and Fury were in danger of allowing outside promoters to bid on staging the contest only if the extension came through.
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. He was 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, is closing in on an agreement.
On the back of their great December 1 battle, Wilder v Fury II will be even more significant 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.
The WBN Fighter of the Year Award voted by the fans came his way 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 got recorded initially. Predictors believe an increase is almost inevitable for the return.
The dates of April 27 and May 18 got bandied about last week. At the same time, the latter is now the firm favorite for a New York encounter.
WBN reported late last week that Las Vegas was still in the running. As a result, a decision could happen 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 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 again.