Tyson Fury and Dillian White have until 6 p.m. today to agree a deal before WBC calls purse bids.
White has been mandated for Fury’s famous green and gold heavyweight belts, but his opposing team has so far failed to reach an agreement.
Without a deal, the title fight would go to purse bids, meaning whoever offered the highest amount would win the right to compete.
So far, WBC has delayed purse bids three times, following requests from representatives for both Fury and White.
But as it stands, with no deal as of this evening, it will go to purse bids, where Fury’s US and UK promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren will auction off against Eddie Hearn.
After White, 33, was officially ordered into his long-awaited world title shot, the WBC announced that he would receive only 20 percent of any earnings if the purse went to bids.
But the aggrieved claimant appealed and argued up to 45 per cent of his ‘interim’ belt warrant.
And all White opposed his potential split, Fury, 33, is in talks with Oleksandr Usyk in the Middle East for an undisputed title decider.
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It complicates matters as 34-year-old Usyk has been signed for an immediate rematch with 32-year-old Anthony Joshua, whom he removed from his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in September.
In order to get the green light for integration, both AJ and White would need to receive a fee to sit outside.
Joshua’s figure is believed to be £15m while White’s is £5m.
Although AJ recently denied reports that he had accepted a step-by-step deal, he did not rule it out either.
He added: “I’ve been hearing people say: ‘AJ accepts £15m to step aside’. I haven’t signed any contracts; I haven’t seen any contracts.
Is White going to fight me? Will Joshua turn away? Tell me because I’m sick of seeing these bum. I am sick of hearing their excuses.
“So as soon as it stands, stop listening to the bulls*** until it comes from me.
“I am the person in control of my destiny, I am the person who handles my business.”
Fury later said on social media: “Tick, tick, tok. Is White going to fight me? Will Joshua walk away?
“Tell me because I’m sick of seeing these butts. I’m sick of hearing their excuses.”
With WBC’s purse bids being called in a matter of hours, promoters will need to accept step-aside fees so that the amalgamation can replace the mandatory defence.
If AJ and White fail to accept purse bids as of today, hopes of a historic, first-time four-belt heavyweight unification will be shattered.