The second instalment to the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder rivalry is one step away from being completed.
A report from Daily Mail UK revealed that both camps are now in the final phase of negotiations for a return fight between the heavyweight stars, which is reportedly set to take place in New York.
And for this rematch, “The Gypsy King” is set to earn three times the £7 million fight purse he took home from his first encounter with the American champion.
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Last month, the World Boxing Council ordered the immediate rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, following their classic heavyweight showdown in December that ended in a controversial split decision draw.
Aside from giving its green light to start the negotiations, the governing body also announced the modification of the usual split, citing that Fury deserves a bigger share because of his market value.
A world titlist would typically earn 70% of the purse bid in a mandatory title fight while the remaining 30% would go to the challenger, but it can be modified by the sanctioning body depending on the case.
With the rematch expected to register a whopping £50m pay-per-view revenue, Fury is likely to take home a paycheck worth £20m.
The British boxer earned a disclosed £7 million paycheck in his first clash with “The Bronze Bomber.”
Recently, he confirmed that his seven-digit salary was donated to charity as what he pledged ahead of the Wilder fight.
Heading To New York
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren and Wilder’s co-managers Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon asked the WBC last week for an extension to talk due to some delays.
The delay in the negotiation was believed to be caused by Fury’s demand to have three neutral judges as he wants to avoid a repeat of the controversial scoring in their Los Angeles fight.
The Las Vegas was expected to host the rematch, but with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s insistence to appoint their own officials, it lost the hosting right to New York.
Last month, Boxing Scene claimed that Barclay’s Center is on the brink of winning the rights to host the rematch after losing it in the first fight.
“Multiple sources have informed BoxingScene.com that a deal to bring the immediate heavyweight championship rematch between Wilder and Fury to the Brooklyn venue is nearing completion.
“MGM Grand Garden Arena is the other site under consideration among organizers of that Showtime Pay-Per-View event, but a deal to announce Barclays Center as the venue for Wilder-Fury II is expected within the next couple weeks.”
But the recent Daily Mail report said that the illustrious Madison Square Garden would be the venue of the rematch set on May 18.
Fury has been training since early January for what could be another barnburner heavyweight clash with Wilder while “The Bronze Bomber” is confident that he would prevail in their second meeting and wants to fight Anthony Joshua next.
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