It remains unclear whether Tyson Fury’s heavyweight fight against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia will be sanctioned as a professional bout.
Fury, 35, fights in Riyadh on Saturday against former 37-year-old former UFC champion Ngannou, who is contesting his first-ever boxing match.
Fury’s WBC heavyweight title will not be on the line.
The fight will reportedly take place in a separate ring and in an adjacent arena to the rest of the undercard.
BBC Sport contacted The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) – the UK sanctioning body – which said “the show is under the BBBoC jurisdiction” but did not specify on Fury-Ngannou.
Pundit Steve Bunce, speaking on the Radio 5 Live Boxing Podcast on Thursday, added: “All of the fights on the undercard – including the British heavyweight title fight between Fabio Wardley and David Adeleye – will be sanctioned by the BBBoC in an adjacent arena.”
The fight between Fury and Ngannou serves as one of the headline shows of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Riyadh Season’.
The country has been criticised for using sport to sportwash their image, reportedly paying millions to bring Fury’s bout with Ngannou to the region.
Fury, a two-time world champion, defeated Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in December to extend his unbeaten record to 33 wins and one draw.
French-Cameroonian Ngannou, 37, boasts an MMA record 17 wins in 20 fights.
The WBC confirmed to BBC Sport that Fury’s “title is not on the line because Ngannou is not rated in the WBC”.
In a statement, it added “the WBC has granted Fury the special permission to do this fight”. The governing body has created a commemorative ‘Riyadh Champion’ belt for the winner.
Fury has already signed a deal to face fellow heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk- who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts – in a historic undisputed fight in Riyadh.
The blockbuster bout has been mooted for 23 December and will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era.