WBC heavyweight Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) has been ordered to defend his world championship against Dominic Breazeale 20-1 (18) after the proposed rematch with Tyson Fury 27-0-1 (19) fell through.
The 33-year-old Breazeale was touted as a possible opponent for Dillian Whyte 25-1 (18).
The Mexican-based sanctioning body released a statement about the fight this week: “WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder shall fulfil his mandatory obligations by fighting Dominic Breazeale next.
“This order constitutes the start of the free negotiations period for Champion Wilder’s mandatory defense of his title.
“If no agreement is reached between the camps, the WBC shall conduct a purse offer ceremony on April 4, 2019 at the WBC Offices in Mexico City, Mexico.”
The decision will further frustrate WBC number one contender Whyte, who was unable to agree to terms for a Wembley rematch against unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21).
Whyte enjoyed a stellar 2018 with victories over Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora.
The Brixton ‘Body Snatcher’ has appealed to the WBC to install him as mandatory contender if Breazeale follows through with the Wilder fight.
“The WBC, they ordered me against Breazeale,” Whyte told Sky Sports over the weekend. “Hopefully they will honour that and keep true to their word, and they will give me the mandatory position.
“If Wilder wants to fight Breazeale, I should become the WBC automatic mandatory, because Dominic Breazeale is pulling out of the fight, not me.”
WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua is scheduled to defend his crowns against American behemoth Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 23-0-1 (20) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1 in what will be the Brit’s USA debut.