WBC president says Joshua and Wilder could fight in final eliminator for title


WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has described a potential Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder fight as a ‘dream come true for fans’.

And Sulaiman believes it could end up being ordered as a final eliminator for the WBC world title after the pair both fight on December 23.

Should Wilder and Joshua both come through their next fights, they could finally meet in the ring

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Should Wilder and Joshua both come through their next fights, they could finally meet in the ring

Joshua will fight previous Tyson Fury opponent Otto Wallin and Wilder will take on former world champion Joseph Parker on the same card next month and the natural progression is for the winners of these fights to clash in a final eliminator for the WBC crown.

“In itself it is a natural WBC elimination tournament,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

“You have Wilder, No 1, Joshua, you have Parker, you have Otto Wallin, all those are highly ranked in the WBC. After December 23 we’re going to see a different picture in the rankings.”

Sulaiman continued: “It looks like Wilder and Joshua are on a collision course. That could very well be a final elimination to determine a mandatory contender for the WBC title.

“Unbelievable. That would be a dream come true for the fans.”

Sulaiman added: “I am very happy to see the promoters collaborating, the managers, the fighters. Of course there’s big money involved but you have to make it.

“You can dream of things, we have been dreaming for this and this is the perfect moment to get into another era of boxing. So we will be supporting as much as we can.”

But, Sulaiman also revealed that he will not be ordering any mandatories too soon so as not to disrupt the undisputed heavyweight world title fight between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk on December 17.

There is also a rematch clause between the two men, but Sulaiman explained: “The WBC board of governors has approved Fury against Usyk in February and then the rematch so there will not be anything in the way, as far as the WBC, for both fights to take place.”

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