The threat of a deadline to settle up lingering business between Jamie McDonnell and Liborio Solis seemed to take this time around.
Terms for a rematch that has been some six months in the making were finally reached by both camps over the weekend, thus avoiding a mandated purse bid hearing which was scheduled to be held on Monday at WBA headquarters in Panama City, Panama.
A date and location has yet to be announced, although there remains the possibility of the bout heading back to Monaco roughly one year after their thriller last November.
McDonnell was considered fortunate to have escaped with a unanimous decision victory in a fight many felt should've gone to Solis. A successful appeal was filed by the camp of the former super flyweight titlist, as the WBA reviewed the contest and deemed there existed enough controversy to order the two to once again meet in the ring.
Neither boxer has since fought, waiting out terms for their pending sequel.
The two camps were first ordered to begin negotiations on January 31, 2017, with a March 2 purse bid hearing scheduled in the event they could not come to terms within the allotted 30-day period. At the time, it was believed that a deal had been reached, only to never materialize in prompting the WBA to make a move.
While it was declared by both camps that terms have been reached, the WBA has ordered for signed bout agreements to be submitted within the next 20 days in order to declare the title fight sequel official.
Once a date is reached, the forthcoming contest will mark McDonnell's sixth defense of the bantamweight title he won in May '14.
Solis enters his third attempt at becoming a bantamweight titlist after briefly reigning as a full super flyweight beltholder in 2013.