Tyson Fury has not yet applied to defend his WBC title when he fights on December 5.
The 32-year-old English heavyweight is due to fight at the start of December with a bout against Agit Kabayel or Carlos Takam to be confirmed.
Fury had been expected to fight Deontay Wilder on 19 December in a trilogy fight, but the Bronze Bomber has been unable to finalize a deal, with a bicep injury and a lack of spectators cited as reasons for the failure.
The new December fight in London was suggested by his co-promoter Frank Warren to be a way to keep Fury sharp after almost a year out of the ring, and that may be why Fury is not considering making the fight a title defense.
By electing not to fight for the belt it may indicate that Fury is going to fight someone outside the top 15.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told World Boxing News that there is no indication yet that Fury is planning to defend his belt, saying: "The World Boxing Council has not received any sanction request from Tyson Fury.
“Therefore, we cannot comment on any speculations."
After Fury’s next fight he is expected to arrange two 2021 fights with IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belt-holder Anthony Joshua.