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WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, has been ordered to agree a deal with Tyson Fury for a heavyweight rematch.
The American retained his WBC belt, after a split decision draw with Fury in December.
Now, the WBC has informed both fighters they must finalise a second fight, or a purse bid will be held on February 5, with a 60-40 split in Wilder’s favour.
Britain’s unified champion Anthony Joshua had hoped to face Wilder in an undisputed title clash at Wembley on April 13, but the WBC has officially enforced their champion to make his next title defence against Fury.
The 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 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.”