Wilder-Fury II nearly a done deal for April 27 or May 18

A deal for the rematch between heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury could be announced by the end of the week, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation have informed FightNights.com.

A purse bid that was initially scheduled for last Tuesday was postponed for a second time this week as both teams get closer to agreeing to terms.

In the event that the promoters cannot make a deal, which is unlikely, a purse bid will be ordered again. Wilder would receive 60 percent of the pot, and 40 percent would go to Fury.

Fury donated his entire seven-figure payday from the first fight to help the poor and build housing for the homeless.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO's) and Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO's) fought to a controversial split draw in a classic heavyweight title fight on Dec. 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fury outboxed Wilder for most of the fight, but Wilder scored two knockdowns, one in the ninth round, and a massive one in the 12th round.

The judges scored the bout 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113. FightNights.com had it 114-112 for Fury. Moreover, an overwhelming majority of ringside observers also believed Fury won the fight.

A week after the bout, the WBC ordered an immediate rematch, and both teams started negotiations. If the fight is finalized, it is likely to take place on April 27 or May 18 in New York or Las Vegas.

Wilder has defended his WBC title eight times since outpointing Bermane Stiverne in a Jan. 2015 fight. They fought again in a mandatory rematch in November 2017, with Wilder scoring a first-round knockout, a feat that he has accomplished 19 times in his career.

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