Negotiations for a mandated WBA Regular super-middleweight title fight between Cuban champion David Morrell and fellow southpaw John Ryder continue.
The WBA has now approved a 10-day extension so a deal can potentially be reached before the bout heads to purse bids.
Warriors Boxing, for Premier Boxing Champions, representing Morrell and Matchroom Boxing, representing Ryder, now have until August 28 to find an agreement.
Morrell (5-0, 4 KOs) was originally ordered to face Londoner Ryder (29-5, 16 KOs) in January, but allowed to squeeze in a voluntary defence against Mexican Mario Cazares in June, triumphing in the opening round.
Islington’s Ryder hasn’t fought since earning a unanimous 10-round decision over Mike Guy in Florida last December.