The World Boxing Council (WBC) has officially ordered a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The two fought out a thrilling split decision draw in December with Wilder retaining his WBC strap in a fight many gave to the challenger.
While Anthony Joshua is eager to fight the American in a huge heavyweight unification bout at Wembley in April, both Fury and Wilder have repeatedly called for a rematch as soon as possible.
The WBC have now ordered that fight to take place with Fury set to receive a larger slice of the fight purse owing to his ‘market value.’
A statement from the WBC 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.”
The rematch order leaves IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua still looking for an opponent in April with Dillian Whyte hoping to fill that void after his victory over Dereck Chisora in December.