Tyson Fury has been given the green light for a ‘big fight’ against Dillian White in Britain – until he defeats Deontay Wilder for the first time.
Fury faces Wilder in the next trilogy, and the WBC mandated White is expected to be called in to face the winner.
All hopes of an undisputed title decider with Anthony Joshua were dashed after the British superstar was beaten by Alexander Usik.
WBC is now likely to take the opportunity to fight for the belt with White, who fights Otto Wallin on October 30.
And Fury’s American promoter Bob Arum loves the sound of it and has even teased fans with a huge night on these shores.
Arum told IFL TV: “Dillian White is the number one contender, and it could be a big, big fight for Tyson.
“Especially if we held it in the UK, it’s not out of the question. Dillian White is a capable heavyweight.
“The fight against Tyson Fury or Wilder, who wins on October 9, will be a very interesting fight.
“I think Tyson Fury is a much better heavyweight than Anthony Joshua, but this is a heavyweight and everything is possible in the heavyweight division.”
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Joshua, 31, squandered his chance to unify the division with 33-year-old Fury, after losing his WBA, IBF and WBO belts to 34-year-old Usyk at the stadium in Tottenham.
With a rematch to follow, it may be a while before either AJ or Usyk can hold the title for an undisputed decider.
White spent more than 1,000 days as the WBC’s No. 1 contender until he was eventually called the mandatory challenger.
But in August 2020, after a shocking knockout loss to Alexander Povetkin, his title shot went up in smoke.
White, 33, later returned his side against 41-year-old Povetkin in round four to regain his position in the front row for a shot at the WBC title.
But in talks with Joshua to reunite with Fury earlier, the WBC had not officially called him mandatory.
Fury was later ordered to appear in his contracted trio match with Wilder following a drawn-out arbitration case.
Dillian White is the number one contender, and it could be a big, big fight for Tyson. Especially if we organize it in the UK.
Tyson Fury Promoter Bob Arumu
This left Joshua obliged to defend his belt against Usik which ended in disastrous defeat.
He is now set to exercise his right to an immediate rematch, eliminating any unification hopes.
So by the time White defeats 30-year-old Otto Wallin on October 30, he will find himself ready to challenge either Fury or Wilder.
His promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It’s a really interesting situation. Anything can happen.
“In a perfect world, Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder, called the imperative for Dillian White.
“Dillian White beat Tyson Fury, AJ beat Usyak, and then we got White against AJ undisputed next summer.”