World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is not ready to rule out the scenario of Dillian Whyte's mandatory spot coming second when it comes to a unification between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
Whyte is the WBC's interim-champion and the mandatory challenger to the upcoming trilogy fight between Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Pursuant to a WBC order, Whyte is due to a mandatory shot by February 2021.
However, the coronavirus pandemic erupted and the entire sport of boxing was put on pause.
Whyte was scheduled to face Alexander Povetkin back in May. The bout was postponed to July and is now pushed back again. The newest date being targeted is August 15th.
At the moment there is also no set date or location for the Fury vs. Wilder trilogy. That contest is being eyed for the final few months of the year.
And there is already heavy talk of Fury facing Joshua in a two-fight series in 2021 - should they both win their upcoming bouts.
When the sport restarts in full force, the WBC will review the status of every fighter in their rankings - including Whyte.
Sulaiman would not confirm if Whyte's mandatory shot would overrule a Fury-Joshua unification.
"We're going to address everything case-by-case; we will evaluate every single division, but what I can say is that Dillian Whyte is the interim champion and the mandatory challenger," Sulaiman told Mirror Fighting.
"The mandatory date as of now is February 2021 but Dillian was supposed to defend his interim title against Alexander Povetkin in July and that has been uncertain. [Joshua vs Fury] is a unification which has different characteristics - but there are many different things to happen for that fight to take place.
"There are obligations for the champion of the WBC and of the other organisations, there are many fights the fans want to see but there are too many uncertainties for anything to be set in stone."