A deadline set by the World Boxing Council for a Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II purse bid is set to expire in less than 48 hours.
The WBC initially gave both parties until February 6th to agree a deal. President Mauricio Sulaiman then accepted a seven-day extension requested by those involved.
This 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 look upon favorably by the WBC. As a result, the fight would then be opened 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 is promoted by Frank Warren, 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.
Scorecards came back a draw. Although there were many ringside views and beyond who saw Fury come out the winner.
The pair will now dance again in the coming months. This is despite advances from Eddie Hearn over a fight with Anthony Joshua.
Hearn’s own fighter Dillian Whyte has made astonishing claims. Whyte says 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.
Whatever happens with Joshua v Miller, there’s no doubting the Wilder v Fury II encounter will be the biggest 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 a third fight – possibly in the United Kingdom, will take place.
This leaves any hopes of an undisputed battle off the menu until 2020.
Date of May 18 is currently the standout for Wilder v Fury. Joshua v Miller is set to take place on June 1.