Tyson Fury is one step closer to a rematch against Deontay Wilder after the WBC has ordered a second fight.
The Brit had to settle for a draw last Saturday when he was eliminated in the final by the American.
Only a controversial ruling has prevented Fury from becoming a double heavyweight world champion – but he seems ready for another shot.
The two men have called for revenge and the two sides will now hold talks for the upcoming spring or summer.
The WBC statement was: "The World Boxing Council voted through the Board of Governors.
"This resulted in a unanimous agreement to sanction a direct revenge between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
"Wilder and Fury have offered boxing one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time, which has created a huge popular demand for fans to attend a rematch.
"The WBC is pleased to confirm that a direct retaliation has been approved and will create in a decision that will also take into account the mandatory status of the division."
The second installment is expected to take place in Las Vegas if demand for pay-per-view in the US is sufficient, but Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, will insist that it be hosted in the UK.
He has designated the Emirates stadium of Wembley or Arsenal as possible venue while Fury wants to hold it at Old Trafford.
This announcement is a blow to Anthony Joshua who was hoping to lure Wilder into a clash for unification at Wembley on April 13th.
But he could now be forced to wait until 2020 to face his teammate if the WBC forces the winner of the return match to defend their belt against Dominic Breazeale.
Joshua is expected to face Dillian Whyte in the spring assuming that he beats Dereck Chisora later this month.