Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte were given an additional 48 hours to freely negotiate their fight before purse offers were made.
The deadline for Fury and Whyte to agree a fight for the WBC heavyweight championship was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday January 26, but was pushed back for the “last” hour to Friday, the governing body said.
The purse offers would allow any promoter to enter the talks and fund the fight.
Whyte has been named a mandatory challenger for Fury’s title by the WBC, but is currently in arbitration with the governing body.
Anthony Joshua has meanwhile denied reports that he would be paid to withdraw from the rematch he triggered against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, to allow Fury and Usyk to set up a title fight undisputed.
Joshua said: “I hear people saying ‘AJ accept £15m to step down’. I haven’t signed a contract, I haven’t seen a contract. So as things stand now things, stop listening until it comes from me.
“I am the man who controls my destiny.”
His promoter Eddie Hearn spoke to Sky Sports about Joshua’s immediate plan: “We have a number of proposals and options to discuss.”
Fury slammed his rivals: “Tick, tick, tock. Why is he going to fight me? Will Joshua step down?
“Let me know because I’m sick of looking at these bums. I’m sick of listening to their excuses.”
Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports: “Although AJ has given his consent (according to the Telegraph), we still have not reached the end point of the negotiations. And unless we get it, AJ’s rematch remains the go-to option for us.”
If Fury and Usyk agree to a deal to challenge all major weight class belts, it should probably be before the WBC bidding to finalize Fury vs Whyte.
They now have two more days to debate the immediate future of the heavyweight division.
Sky Sports Boxing Schedule
Sunday, January 30 in Tulsa
Robson Conceicao vs. Xavier Martinez – WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator
Nico Ali Walsh
Saturday 5 February in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA & WBC middleweight titles
Saturday February 19 in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Frazer Clarke’s professional debut
Saturday 26 February in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight titles
Nick Campbell vs. Jay McFarlane – Scottish heavyweight title
Saturday, March 5 in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Pedraza
Sunday March 20 in New York
Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls