The WBC has ordered Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale to fight for the interim heavyweight title.
Both fighters failed to agree terms over a potential bout last year, but, a showdown with either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury for the WBC title could await the winner, meaning there is an added incentive to make the fight happen.
Anthony Joshua has inflicted both fighters only career loss. The current IBF, WBA and WBO world champion defeated Whyte by knockout in the seventh round of their fight in 2015, whilst Breazeale came to the same fate when he faced Joshua in 2016.
Whyte took to Twitter to express his excitement following the WBC announcement that the pair would be fighting.
Victories over Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora in 2018 have seen the 30-year-old’s standing increase within the heavyweight division.
It did appear at one point that Whyte’s corner had negotiated a rematch with Joshua at Wembley, yet that bout appears to have been put on hold until a later date.
Anthony Joshua seems set to fight Jarrell Miller in New York in June after his promoter, Eddie Hearn, hinted that there is a “strong possibility” that the two will meet.
Meanwhile, Breazeale took to Instagram to post his reaction to the announcement.
“Since @bronzebomber continues to run, I’ll continue to keep fighting the fights he doesn’t want. Be ready @dillianwhyte because #TROUBLE is coming.”
Breazeale appeared to be the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s WBC belt, but he seems set to be facing Fury in a rematch following their draw in December.
Both fighters have been in great form since their defeats to Joshua.
Breazeale has won three fights in a row to take his record to 20-1-KO18, whilst Whyte has put together a nine-fight win streak to elevate his record to 25-1-KO18.