Wilder-Fury Purse Bid Delayed A Week
Still mired in negotiations for a WBC world heavyweight title rematch, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s teams would successfully request a delay for a purse bid set for Tuesday.
The two heavyweights faced off in December for Wilder’s WBC title at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where both fighters would narrowly go the distance in a controversial split-decision draw.
“We have extended [for] one week the free negotiations, per their request,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said to ESPN on Monday.
Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager told the World Wide Leader that: “We’re in strong negotiations and hopefully we will get things done. I don’t think we are going to need a purse bid.”
If the fight goes to a purse bid, Wilder would receive 60% as the defending champion, with Fury getting 40% as the challenger.
The fight has been reported to be coming to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which has been home to most of Wilder’s fights as champion.
Initial Report: ESPN