Tyson Fury is reportedly expected to come to terms with Deontay Wilder this week in a rematch of their controversial draw last December. Wilder will defend his WBC strap for the second time against the British challenger, with Fury in line to triple his fight purse. Fury pocketed £7million for their first meeting, which was scored a split decision draw despite the Brit’s dominance, but could bank over £20m for the rematch.
It is unclear what the fight purse split will be, as Fury could get as little as 40 per cent, but the second showdown is being projected to earn over £50m, according to the Daily Mail. Frank Warren has been in talks with Wilder’s co-managers Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon and a deal was close before both sides asked the WBC last week for a delay in purse bids. The WBC granted an extension to talks and both parties are confident a deal will be struck before Wednesday, when the purse bids come into effect and rival promoters can make their move to stage the fight.
The delay was down to Fury’s determination to have three neutral judges ringside after the scoring controversy in their first meeting in Los Angeles. Las Vegas was the frontunner to host the rematch, but the Nevada Athletic Commission wanted to appoint their own officials. As a result, the rematch is now heading for New York with Madison Square Garden provisionally booked for May 18.