DILLIAN WHYTE looks to finally be getting his heavyweight world title shot after the WBC ordered a fight with Tyson Fury.
The Body Snatcher has been named the Gypsy King’s mandatory challenger by the sanctioning body.
It's not quite the 'Battle Of Britain' scrap that many boxing fans hoped for – but Anthony Joshua fluffed that chance when he lost to Oleksandr Usyk.
That rematch has already been agreed.
Whyte was forced to pull out of his fight against Otto Wallin in October with a shoulder injury.
But it has allowed him to go straight into a title shot against Fury, who has tasted 31 victories in his 32 fights, with one draw and no losses.
Whyte, meanwhile, has won 28 of his 30 with two losses. They came against Joshua and a stunning shock KO loss to Alexander Povetkin.
The Bodysnatcher atoned for that defeat by winning the rematch and sending Povetkin into retirement.
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Both 33-year-old Brits have a similar KO ratio too – Fury with 22 stoppages in 32 with Whyte securing 19 in his 30.
But while Whyte is a hefty heavyweight, he is no match for the Gypsy King in this regard.
Fury is 6ft 9in with Whyte measuring 6ft 4in. And Fury's 85in reach to Whyte's 78in could mean a difficult night in store for the challenger.
The Gypsy King most recently stopped his American Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of their Las Vegas trilogy fight.
Fury then had a window of 30 days to set up a blockbuster undisputed clash with Usyk, 34.
The Ukrainian snatched Joshua’s heavyweight titles back in September and is set to face a rematch with the Brit early next year.
There had been talk of AJ, 32, stepping aside to allow the two champions to meet in the ring.
But the WBC decision now sets up a mouthwatering all-British superfight, likely to be held in March.
Cardiff and Manchester have been mooted as potential locations, with promoter Frank Warren eager to hold a ‘homecoming’ fight in Britain.
Fury has been typically vocal about the prospect of facing former pal Whyte.
Earlier he vowed to 'smash the c***'s face in' and ‘butcher him, no problem’ if the Brixton bruiser was named his mandatory.
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