The World Boxing Council (WBC) has ordered a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The global boxing body also set a deadline of Tuesday February 5th as deadline for purse negotiations.
The two heavyweights were earlier involved in a fiercely contested but, ultimately, controversial match in December. The match which was adjudged a draw allowed Wilder to retain his solitary heavyweight title belt; however, many observers and boxing experts gave the win to Fury.
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua, who is weighing up a second meeting with Dilian Whyte as an alternative, is still waiting to fight Wilder in an attempt to become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world.
WBC’s statement reads:
“Consistent with the WBC Board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, the WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened and if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC on Tuesday February 5th.
“The WBC has modified the 70-30 split and has confirmed a 60-40 split in favor of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury.”