As a result of his injuries and surgeries from his July 16 fight, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is expected to be inactive until sometime in 2017. During his recovery period, Wilder will retain his rights as champion, including the 70% advantage in case his mandatory bout needs to go to purse bid process, once he returns to action.
In the meantime, the WBC has ordered a fight for an interim championship between the two highest available contenders, Alexander Povetkin # 1 and Bermane Stiverne #2.
The free negotiations period begins today and if there is no agreement a purse bid will be conducted on Friday September 16th. The split will be 50% for each fighter. Clean boxing program VADA testing will be mandatory as well as the 10% bonus from the bid for the winner of the contest.
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