WBC champion Deontay Wilder has been ordered to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale.
Wilder, who had to search for a new opponent after a rematch with Tyson Fury, was put back following their December draw in Los Angeles.
Breazeale was installed as the WBC mandatory challenger following a stoppage win over Eric Molina in November 2017 and has now been granted a fight with his fellow American.
A statement from WBC read, “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.”