By Hans Olson
The purse bid ordered by the WBC for Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola has been delayed once again, this time to September 17.
“They postponed it,” Stiverne’s manager Camille Estephan told Boxing Insider Friday morning.
“Initially they said September 3. I was surprised because that was Labor Day in the US and in Canada. They postponed it because it was a little too close for everyone.
“But now it’s on September 17. Dan Goosen (Arreola’s promoter) has a big show this weekend with the Ward/Dawson fight, so early next week we’re going to resume talking. Hopefully we can make an agreement, if not it goes to the purse bid. We’ll see what happens. We’re going to push to try to bring it to Vegas or Montréal.”
The split that was ordered by the WBC is 55/45 in favor of Arreola.
“They asked for 70/30, but that was a bit of a contentious condition,” said the Montréal-based manager.
“So the bottom line is the WBC voted 55/45 in their (Arreola’s) favor.”
Even with the delays, Estephan says Bermane Stiverne stays in shape, ready to fight at any time.
“We went through a whole camp because we expected the fight to happen earlier. It was a very good camp, we took a week off, and now we’re going back. He’s going to be in great shape. He’s going to show the world that he’s the best heavyweight.”
The winner of Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola will become the mandatory challenger to Vitali Klitschko, who fights Manuel Charr tomorrow in Russia.