Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte have been given an extra week to agree a fight before their negotiations for a veer to a new stage.
Fury has been in talks to defend his WBC championship against Whyte, after being ordered to enter negotiations by the governing body, but they have not yet struck an agreement.
Their deadline was due to be on Tuesday but they now have additional time.
“The WBC has extended the free negotiations period for the WBC mandatory heavyweight title fight between champion Tyson Fury and interim champion Dillian Whyte,” a statement read.
“If there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be held on Tuesday January 18 at noon in Mexico City WBC headquarters.”
The WBC named Whyte as the mandatory challenger but then ruled that Fury would take 80 per cent of the total purse for the fight.
If an agreement is not struck between Fury and Whyte, then on Tuesday their potential fight will go to ‘purse bids’.
This means any promoters can enter the negotiations to finance and stage the fight.