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Dillian Whyte has been left to wait to discover if he will land a shot at Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight title after a shock twist.
The sanctioning body has revealed it cannot call the Londoner as Fury’s mandatory yet because of a legal arbitration which could take months to resolve.
An independent arbitrator is currently involved with matters around Whyte’s case for the mandatory position with the WBC.
Therefore no decision can be made on the status of the challenger until that matter has been concluded.
It could mean WBC ‘interim’ belt holder Whyte is waiting months for a decision to even find out if he will get a shot at Fury.
In another blow for the Brit, Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions have petitioned the sanctioning body that any split at purse bids for the fight should be 80/20 in favour of Fury.
The WBC rules state that for a champion facing an ‘interim’ title holder the split must be 55/45.
However, the rules also include a clause in which the WBC can alter this at their discretion.
Top Rank and Queensberry will argue that Fury deserves a far higher split of any purse because he earned £20m in his last two fights against Deontay Wilder.
They have claimed Whyte earned £300,000 for his win over Alexander Povetkin.
The WBC refused to hear that part of the argument as they await news from the independent arbitrator.
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Fury defended the WBC title with an 11th-round knockout of Wilder last month.
The WBC gave the current champion 30 days to negotiate an undisputed fight with WBA, IBF and WBO title holder Oleksandr Usyk.
But Usyk is contractually obliged to give Anthony Joshua an immediate rematch after the Watford fighter triggered a clause to a return fight.
That meant Fury could not open talks with the Ukrainian.
The WBC’s status was that after the 30 days then Fury would be ordered to fight the interim champion, which is currently Whyte.
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But the matter took a shock turn on Tuesday at the WBC’s annual convention in Mexico.
Whyte, who pulled out of a clash with Otto Wallin last month due to a shoulder injury, now faces another agonising wait to see if he will get his shot.
Fury is keen to return to the ring early next year as he wants to get active after just one fight in 21 months.
It is not yet clear if he will be free to make a voluntary defence if the arbitration case rumbles on.
- Anthony Joshua
- Deontay Wilder
- Eddie Hearn
- Tyson Fury
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