A deadline set by the World Boxing Council for a Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II purse bid will expire in less than 48 hours.
The WBC initially gave both parties until February 6th to agree on a deal. President Mauricio Sulaiman then accepted a seven-day extension requested by those involved.
This scenario means February 13th has become the new date to expect movement. The respective teams of Wilder and Fury must finalize negotiations before then.
Any further appeal to delay a purse bid may not be looked upon favorably by the WBC. As a result, the fight would then open up to other promoters.
Wilder, represented by Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, is eyeing up home advantage in New York or Las Vegas for a potential showdown in May.
Fury, who Frank Warren promotes, is looking to travel to the United States to finish a job he thought he’d already finished.
In the first meeting on December 1, Fury was a final round knockdown away from taking Wilder’s WBC heavyweight crown.
Although many ringside views and beyond saw Fury come out as the winner, scorecards came back a draw.
The pair will now dance again in the coming months. This outcome is despite advances from Eddie Hearn over a fight with Anthony Joshua.
Hearn’s own fighter Dillian Whyte has made astonishing claims. Whyte says the offers made to himself, Wilder and Fury were all mere smokescreens.
Jarrell Miller was always the intended choice for AJ, according to the WBC number one.
TYSON FURY vs. DEONTAY WILDER II
Whatever happens with Joshua v Miller, there’s no doubting the Wilder v Fury II encounter will be the most prominent top division event of the year.
Joshua will have to take care of his mandatory duties after Miller, meaning the winner of Wilder v Fury II is out of reach anyway.
Whatever the result between Wilder and Fury, it’s likely the third fight – possibly in the United Kingdom, will take place.
It leaves any hopes of an undisputed battle off the menu until 2020.
The date of May 18 is currently the standout for Wilder v Fury. Joshua v Miller will take place on June 1.