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Stiverne-Wilder purse bid delayed again

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The sides are reportedly close to a deal but need more time, and the WBC has capitulated by delaying the purse bid a second time.

Ethan Miller

A purse bid was scheduled for yesterday, but that deadline came and went and the WBC has delay the bid for a second time, this time with no rescheduled date.

Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN.com that he and Don King have worked out the money end of a deal for their fighters to meet. What's missing is a time and place, details De La Hoya says are due from King.

Apparently King, who promotes Stiverne, and Al Haymon, who advises Wilder, are close to finalizing the fight but they need a bit more time. As ESPN's Rafael writes, the sides—especially Haymon—are wary of the fight going to a purse bid for fear that Roc Nation Sports will swoop in with a huge offer as they did for Peter Quillin's recent mandatory defense against Matt Korobov.

Most believe that Haymon "advised" Quillin to give up the belt instead of fight under the Roc Nation Sports promotional banner. Rumor has it Jay Z and Al Haymon went head to head in the live music business, and Haymon reportedly holds a mean grudge.

Officially there's no movement on this fight being signed, though it sounds as though both sides are working to get it done. Here's hoping they do as the winner of this fight could potentially be a heavyweight worth getting excited about.