Tyson Fury will face Dillian Whyte next after the WBC ordered the heavyweight champion to take on his fellow Brit.
The pair must now agree a deal for the fight within 30 days or it will go to purse bids.
There have been some discussions already between both camps and the bout could land at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium or Manchester Arena early next year.
That is if a deal is agreed but talks are still in the early stages.
There is also likely to be offers from abroad to stage the bout.
Fury, 33, was hoping to get Anthony Joshua to agree to a step-aside deal to green light an undisputed clash with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Uysk.
But that is now not possible after Whyte, 33, was installed as the mandatory challenger to Fury’s WBC title.
It is understood a unification would not trump a mandatory defence in this instance owing to Whyte’s wait for a title shot.
The Londoner has been in a lengthy legal battle with the sanctioning body.
The WBC announced last month that his mandatory position was in the hands of an independent arbitrator.
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But that arbitration has now ruled in Whyte’s favour and he will get his world title shot next year.
Fury is keen to fight in February or March as he then wants to face Usyk next summer should he beat Whyte and the Ukrainian beats Joshua in a rematch.
Joshua had indicated he may be willing to pull out of his return with Usyk if the right offer came from Fury’s team.
But the Watford warrior can now focus on revenge against Usyk, who outpointed him back in September.
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Whyte was due to defend his WBC interim title in October against Otto Wallin but withdrew citing a shoulder injury.
He was confident it would not affect his position with the WBC and he has now landed his shot.
Fury will make the second defence of his title after he knocked out Deontay Wilder in the third fight of their trilogy in October.
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