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Garcia-Postol, Stiverne-Wilder purse bids delayed


The WBC has rescheduled purse bids from Sept. 12 to Oct. 1 in case deals are not reached between its No. 1-rated 140-pound contender Viktor Postol and RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and its top-rated heavyweight Deontay Wilder and titleholder Bermane Stiverne.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman informed of the bids, which were originally slated to happen in Las Vegas on the eve of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s rematch victory over Marcos Maidana.

Garcia has been promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Postol is being co-promoted by Elite Boxing out of Ukraine as well as Top Rank Promotions, according to his manager, Vadim Kornilov. Wilder is promoted by Golden Boy and Stiverne, by Don King Productions.

In the meantime, Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya has discussed a potential bout between Garcia and WBO 147-pound beltholder Manny Pacquiao with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, among other things.

“Both camps requested additional time for negotiations,” said Sulaiman. “So they will take place on Oct. 1 at our headquarters in Mexico City.”

In advance of his 11th-round knockout of Turkey’s Selcuk Aydin in May, Postol (26-0, 11 knockouts), a 30-year-old Ukrainian contender, benefited from sparring sessions with managerial stablemate and former WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnikov.

Sulaiman said Postol’s victory over Aydin represented the WBC’s eliminator bout for the right to face Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs), who is coming off a second round stoppage of Rod Salka in a non-title bout last month. Garcia also holds the WBA’s belt.

In his most recent fight last month, Wilder scored a fourth round technical knockout over journeyman Jason Gavern. A 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Wilder was coming off a 96-second stoppage of Malik Scott in a WBC title eliminator bout in March.

Defeating Scott made Wilder the mandatory challenger to face Stiverne.