Tyson Fury’s expected WBC heavyweight title clash with Dillian Whyte has been left up in the air after the World Boxing Council did not officially order the bout at their annual WBC convention.

Fury was widely expected to be ordered to face ‘Interim’ champion Whyte during the convention, but the WBC says it cannot make Whyte mandatory challenger due to an ongoing legal arbitration between both parties regarding his mandatory status.

The WBC had previously declared that Fury must defend his title against Whyte if he could not agree an undisputed bout against unified champion Oleksandr Usyk within 30 days.

With Usyk contractually tied into a rematch with Anthony Joshua, Whyte appears to remain the front-runner for a shot at Fury.

Fury was last in action in October – defending his WBC heavyweight title with a dramatic 11th round KO of Deontay Wilder in their epic trilogy bout. Whyte was due to face Otto Wallin on October 30, but withdrew due to a shoulder injury.