Tyson Fury is on track to fight at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium early next year.

The world heavyweight champion has been ordered to defend his title against Dillian Whyte, with the home of Welsh rugby or Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground the likely venues.

Because the fight is scheduled for February or early March, MailOnline reports that it will probably take place ‘under the roof of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

The Welsh Rugby Union will be keen to stage the global event, which would almost certainly attract a capacity 74,000 crowd.

However, they must fit in between Six Nations matches against Scotland, France and Italy.

Wales kick off the defence of their title with an away clash in Ireland, before hosting the the Scottish in Cardiff on February 12.

They are then away to England two weeks after, before Principality Stadium dates with France on March 11 and Italy one week on.

There are enough windows for a deal to be done for Fury versus Whyte, and negotiations begin soon with Frank Warren and Bob Arum, the promoters of the world champion.

Fury has preferred a megabucks unification showdown with Olexsandr Usyk, who took Anthony Joshua’s belts from him.

Despite this, Joshua has triggered a clause for a rematch with the Ukrainian. It means the World Boxing Council have stepped in and ordered Fury to defend against mandatory challenger Whyte. They have thirty days to come to an agreement.

Warren said: “There has been too much messing around with this. Tyson needs to box in the new year and we have reached the point where we must get on with the Whyte fight.

“Whyte is a huge stadium event and it’s too cold that early in the new year to go to Old Trafford.”

After a campaign in the United States, in which Fury fought a trilogy against Deontay Wilder, Cardiff is a hot favorite to stage Fury’s homecoming.

Fury retained his title with an 11th round stoppage of Wilder in their third fight in October in Las Vegas.

Warren had hoped to set up a clash for the undisputed title with Usyk, who took the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts from Joshua in September.

Joshua, though, has triggered that rematch clause, leading to Fury versus Whyte instead.

The Principality Stadium is accustomed to staging huge boxing events, with Joshua and Joe Calzaghe among those who have defended their world titles at the venue.