But Fury, who returned to the ring earlier this year, is not currently enrolled in the WBC's anti-doping programme, involving out-of-competition testing, and has now been told by president Mauricio Sulaiman that the bout will not receive championship status until he is on board.
Fury has no doubt looked rusty since his boxing return, but will seek comfort in the fact that he was the man who ended the 11-year reign of Wladimir Klitschko in his final fight before his infamous drugs ban.
The impact of this decision by the WBC president is that the bout will be relegated to a non-title fight; hence, if Fury defeats Wilder, he will not win the WBC strap save he enrolls for the programme.
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While sitting with Fury, the champ said he was part Nigerian, unfortunately, he didn't expand and since the line was a throwaway one, we aren't quite sure how he fits. He personally promised me he will come into the program.
Wilder, who will be making his eighth title defense against Fury, had three fights in 18 months impacted by his opponents' positive VADA drug tests.
Wilder told Fury, "It's not your time", and added: "This is my time". He can not win the title.
The WBC and VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Assocation) joined forces in 2016 to eradicate drugs in boxing.