The World Boxing Council have released a statement on the heavyweight division following an appeal by Dillian Whyte.
Deontay Wilder has formally been ordered to fight Dominic Breazeale despite Whyte being the number one ranked fighter.
In order to address why, the WBC have said the following:
During the WBC 55th Annual Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan in October of 2017, the WBC Board of Governors voted to accept a final elimination bout in the Heavyweight Division between Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina.
The Breazeale v. Molina bout took place on November 4, 2017. Dominic Breazeale emerged victorious thus becoming the WBC Heavyweight Mandatory Challenger.
On the same date, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder fulfilled his mandatory obligation by defeating Bermane Stiverne.
On March 4, 2018, Champion Deontay Wilder defeated Luis Ortiz in a voluntary defense of his title.
The WBC actively participated in a process to try to support the making of Wilder vs Joshua fight. Breazeale accepted the WBC’s position in that regard, the Wilder vs Joshua match could not materialize.
During the WBC 56th Annual Convention in Kiev, Ukraine in October of 2018, the WBC Board of Governors voted to allow Champion Wilder to make a voluntary defense of his title against Number 3-ranked contender Tyson Fury. With the condition that the winner of that bout would fulfill the division’s mandatory obligations by fighting Mandatory Challenger Dominic Breazeale immediately thereafter.
The Board’s vote also contemplated that if the Wilder v. Joshua fight was arranged, that fight would supersede Champion Wilder’s mandatory obligation to fight Breazeale.
The WBC also received and attended an appeal presented by WBC silver champion Dillian Whyte.
On December 1, 2018, Champion Wilder fought Tyson Fury in a voluntary defense of his title.
The Wilder v. Fury bout was a dramatic and sensational contested fight which resulted in a draw.
On December 10, 2018, the WBC announced its Board of Governor’s unanimous ruling to honor both camps’ petition for a Wilder v. Fury immediate rematch.
This was informed to mandatory challenger Breazeale.
On December 22, 2018: (1) WBC Silver Champion and WBC Number 1-rated Heavyweight in the World Dillian Whyte defeated Dereck Chisora by 11-round knockout.
(2) WBC Heavyweight Division Mandatory Challenger Dominique Breazeale defeated Carlos Negron by 9-round knockout.
On January 16, 2109, the WBC notified Champion Wilder and Mr. Fury of the start of the free negotiations period. That if no agreement was reached, the WBC would conduct a purse offer ceremony on February 5, 2019.
On February 4, 2019, the WBC cancelled the purse offer ceremony. This was based on the understanding that the Wilder and Fury representatives were engaged in good faith negotiations.
On February 12, 2019, the WBC announced its Board of Governors unanimous ruling to order a fight for the WBC Interim Heavyweight World Title between Dillian Whyte and WBC Heavyweight Mandatory Challenger Dominic Breazeale. A fight to bring activity and attend the mandatory status of the division as a result of the WBC’s order for an immediate rematch.
On February 26, 2019, the WBC notified the Wilder and Fury camps that while Champion Wilder had confirmed to the WBC his wish to honor the WBC-ordered direct rematch with Fury, the latter had confirmed to his decision to fight a different opponent next.
Furthermore, Fury’s decision resulted in the WBC cancelling the Wilder vs. Fury direct rematch order.
In light of the sequence of events set forth above, the WBC Board of Governors have decided to enforce the ruling from The WBC Convention of October 2018 and is hereby ordering the following:
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder shall fulfill his mandatory obligations by fighting Dominic Breazeale next.
This order constitutes the start of the free negotiations period for Champion Wilder’s mandatory defense of his title.
If no agreement is reached between the camps, the WBC shall conduct a purse offer ceremony on April 4, 2019 at the WBC Offices in Mexico City, Mexico.