The WBC have not yet ordered Tyson Fury to defend his WBC heavyweight world title against Dillian Whyte next.
It was widely expected that the sanctioning body would officially call for the fight at their convention on Tuesday, however the situation has taken an unexpected twist.
The sanctioning body stated that they would give Fury 30 days to try and agree an undisputed title fight with Oleksandr Usyk, or he must defend against their ‘interim’ belt-holder, which is Whyte.
However, Anthony Joshua triggered his contractual clause to force a rematch with the Ukrainian who beat him in September.
As such, it was assumed that Fury vs Whyte would be ordered at the WBC convention, but they insisted that they are not able to do this yet due to their ongoing legal battle with Whyte.
It has been known for several months that the Brit had taken action against the sanctioning body in pursuit of his title shot, though little has been made public about the specifics of the case.
The WBC indicated that the case is currently in an arbitration court, with no resolution as yet, hence why they cannot order a mandatory.
When most recently asked about the ongoing case back in July, Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn simply told talkSPORT.com: “Yeah, it’s still ongoing.
“I think Dillian Whyte’s pushing for answers and some justice.”
It is unknown what will happen next and, at present, no timeframe has been given for the resolution of the legal case.