If there’s no agreement between the camps by early next month, the governing body will hold an auction for the bout
The WBC have officially ordered Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2.
Following the American heavyweight champion’s thrilling, controversial draw with his British challenger on December 1, the governing body announced that they would ‘sanction’ a second fight.
They have now gone one better and directly ordered it to happen.
Both parties had already been in talks to make the rematch, however they’ve now been notified by the WBC that there is a deadline on negotiations of February 5, when the fight will be put to a purse bid.
This scenario then allows for any promoter to bid to host the fight, with Wilder getting 60 per cent of the winning bid and Fury getting 40 per cent.
A statement read: “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.
“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 favour of the champion Wilder, considering the market value of Fury.”
While the governing body’s decision to order the fight is a positive in the sense that it gives structure to proceedings, it could also complicate things.
An enforced split of 60/40 may be more appealing to one camp than the other, and it is still possible that one side may withdraw from the bout.
It will be hoped that the two parties can come to an agreement before it reaches this point.