According to the World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, their WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, will be ordered to make a mandatory defense - which is going to come against Dillian Whyte, who holds the WBC's interim-title.

Fury retained the title back on October 9, when he overcame two knockdowns to score a knockout win in the eleventh round of his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

Whyte was scheduled to fight on October 30, in a clash with Otto Wallin. That fight was canceled when Whyte was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury. Whyte last fought in March, when he picked up a stoppage win in his rematch with Alexander Povetkin.

The WBC had previously given Fury 30-days to negotiate a full division unification clash with WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk - but making that fight was impossible, since Usyk is contractually tied to a rematch with Anthony Joshua in early 2022.

The scenario leaves Fury with one option - a mandatory defense of the belt.

Fury's next fight is likely taking place in the UK - and Whyte is the perfect opponent for a homecoming defense. Fury has not fought in the UK since 2018.

“The WBC order was very clear, that the winner of Fury vs Wilder has one month to try to secure the ultimate unification against Usyk, who defeated Joshua," Sulaiman told Talk Sport.

“If they’re not capable of doing such, then the WBC would go with a mandatory, which is the interim champion. We have received from the British Boxing Board of Control the medical certification that Whyte could not fight Wallin because of the injury. So we are going to do what we promised, which is that way we are moving forward.”