Tyson Fury will earn a whopping 80 per cent of the purse should he fail to agree a deal with Dillian Whyte.
Heavyweight champion Fury was ordered to face mandatory challenger Whyte after failing to negotiate a step-aside deal with Anthony Joshua to face Oleksandr Usyk.
Negotiations were mandated to take place between the two teams with Fury represented by his promoter Top Rank in the final fight of his current contract.
A deal has yet to be struck and Fury and Whyte have now been ordered to come to terms by January 11 – or see the fight go to purse bids.
As reported by the Daily Star, should that deadline lapse, bids to stage the fight would then be encouraged with Fuy entitled 80 per cent of the winning offer.
The ruling from the WBC looks set to put an end to Fury's plan to fight either Robert Helenius or Andy Ruiz Jr in a non-title bout.
The 'Gypsy King' is a considerably higher earner than his British counterpart having earned £20million for his third fight with Wilder while Whyte earned £4m for his most recent rematch against Alexander Povetkin.
Whyte had, however, hoped to be awarded 45 per cent of the purse for his fight with Fury who has instead been granted his wish by the WBC.
Indeed, the organisation's rules state that a mandatory fight will be ordered on a purse split of 55/45 in Fury's favour although the WBC can use their discretion to alter the percentages.
Whyte may now be forced to accept an offer from Fury's team who were willing to give him 25 per cent of the purse and a share of the PPV sales.
But promoter Bob Arum claimed Whyte was demanding a minimum of $10m (£7.5m).
Before the ruling, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn had slammed Fury's purse demands labelling them "outrageous".
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"The purses are almost secondary to the fight being ordered," Hearn told IFL TV. "The interim champion can receive up to 45 percent of a purse split.
"And I believe that the purse should be at those kinds of levels. We have seen Top Rank talking about 20 percent to Whyte which is outrageous.
"But I think something that should be left to the WBC, the problem is time we need to move forward but we are confident that it will be a ruling that is fair to Whyte. I think it is closing in and we would like to make that fight in the early part of next year."
Whyte has pined for his shot at world glory since initially becoming interim champion with victory over Helenius in 2017.
He could now be set for that shot in either Manchester or Cardiff this spring – unless he baulks at the financial package on offer and withdraws from the negotiations.
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