DILLIAN WHYTE is set to be officially ordered to fight Tyson Fury after the WBC received 'medical certification' of his shoulder injury.
Whyte was due to face Otto Wallin over the weekend until he was forced to withdraw after suffering the setback in training.
It saw his fight with Wallin scrapped, despite the winner being guaranteed a shot at Fury's WBC crown.
But the sanctioning body have seen evidence of his injury, so are poised to call Whyte, 33, to fight Fury, 33, instead of rescheduling the bout with Wallin, 30.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told talkSPORT: "The WBC order was very clear, that the winner of Fury vs Wilder has one month to try to secure the ultimate unification against Usyk, who defeated Joshua.
“If they’re not capable of doing such, then the WBC would go with a mandatory, which is the interim champion.
“We have received from the British Boxing Board of Control the medical certification that Whyte could not fight Wallin because of the injury.
“So we are going to do what we promised, which is that way we are moving forward.”
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Whyte's WBC interim title, which he was set to defend against Wallin, means he is mandatory for Fury's belt.
The British contender has been waiting for almost four years for his shot at the title – and promoter Eddie Hearn hopes for a stadium filler in the UK next year.
Hearn said on DAZN: “We’re going to see it, we’re going to push for that fight in a big stadium in the spring, and I believe we’ll see that next.
“I think it’s been four or five years since Tyson Fury boxed in England, and he should come back and box in England because he’s done amazing for English and British boxing, and he’ll get a great reception himself.
“Dillian is popular. That is a war, that fight. That is a war. He’s been waiting for this opportunity for a long time, and that fight is going to fill up a stadium and do a huge audience as well.
"It’s time to see Dillian Whyte get a shot at the world heavyweight title.”
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