The WBC has officially ordered heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, to open negotiations with mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.
Boxing Scene's Keith Idec was the first to report the news that the sanctioning body made the order for the negotiations to begin between Fury and Whyte's camps. The target date for the bout is March according to Idec's report, with Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, or AO Arena in Manchester, England being the two potential host locations for the event.
If the two heavyweight's representatives can't come to an agreement in the next 30 days, the WBC will order a purse bid on the bout allowing any promoter the chance to promote the fight. Fury is currently undefeated as a pro at 31-0-1 and is coming off of an epic eleventh-round knockout victory over former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in their trilogy bout in October. Whyte on the other hand is 28-2 as a pro and is coming off of a fourth-round TKO win over Alexander Povetkin in their rematch back in March where he won the WBC interim heavyweight title.