The WBC has yet to order Tyson Fury to then defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte.
The sanctioning body was widely expected to officially call for a fight at its convention on Tuesday, but the situation took an unexpected turn.
Following his trilogy triumph over Deontay Wilder on October 9, the WBC has made a decision on what will come next for the “Gypsy King.”
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.
It has been known for several months that the Briton has taken action against the sanctioning body in pursuit of his title shot, although little has been made public on the details of the case.
The WBC said the case is currently before an arbitration tribunal, without resolution at this time, hence the reason they cannot order an attorney.
When most recently asked about the ongoing case in July, Whyte promoter Eddie Hearn simply told talkSPORT.com: “Yes, it’s still ongoing.
“I think Dillian Whyte is pushing for answers and a little bit of justice.”