Dillian Whyte could still get a title fight with Tyson Fury, even though he hasn’t been made a mandatory challenger, according to Fury co-promoter Bob Arum.
The WBC was officially scheduled to call for action on Tuesday night, but said at their convention that an unexpected twist had prevented them from doing so.
Following his triumph of the trilogy over Deontay Wilder on October 9, the WBC made a decision on what was to come for Fury.
The sanctioning body said it would give Fury 30 days to try to agree on an undisputed title fight with Oleksandr Usyk, or that it would have to defend against their “interim” belt holder, who is Whyte.
However, Anthony Joshua triggered his contract 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 they are not yet in a position to do so due to their ongoing legal battle with Whyte.
Arum responded: “The people at Whyte had initiated arbitration proceedings against the WBC.
“The WBC has said they will not grant Whyte a mandatory position while arbitration is ongoing. It was appropriate.
“Fury might end up fighting Whyte, we’ll see. But it will not be with the requirement of the WBC.
“Whyte is a great fighter.
“When the time is right, and it will come soon, for Tyson to find his next opponent, then Whyte should be at the top of the list.”
It should be noted, however, that in this scenario Whyte would likely now be in a much weaker trading position as a willing challenger with no guarantee of a mandatory stock market split.
And Arum insisted Whyte is not Fury’s main target opponent.
He continued, “The alternative is if Joshua decides not to exercise his rematch against Usyk and decides to retire, the fight we would like to do is between Usyk and Fury.
“It’s a fight to unify the titles once and for all. Then Joshua can fight the winner of the undisputed bout.
“Whyte can stand in line and fight the winner in the end.
“That’s what Tyson would like. And I represent Tyson. It is his preference.