WBC President asserts Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder clash might decide challenger for Tyson Fury’s heavyweight throne
WBC President declared Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder's potential matchup may declare next contender for WBC title.
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder (Image via Imago)
The WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman, has confirmed plans for a potential Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight. The President described it as a dream come true for fans.
This matchup could serve as a final eliminator to determine a mandatory contender for the WBC title. Speaking to Sky Sports, Sulaiman said:
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.
This could possibly position the winner for a bout against Tyson Fury. Tyson Fury’s upcoming fight is against Oleksandr Usyk. This fight is a significant unification matchup, with both heavyweights vying to crown the division’s first champion in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the WBC president’s revelations align with Eddie Hearn‘s plan for Joshua. Eddie Hearn emphasized that the Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder fight is crucial for boxing. The condition for the bout to happen in 2024 involves both fighters securing victories in their upcoming matches.
This set the stage for a high-stakes showdown. Hearn believed this condition added significant drama and anticipation to the potential clash, making it the biggest fight in boxing.
Anthony Joshua’s potential upcoming fight in Africa
Eddie Hearn has recently engaged in discussions about organizing a boxing match featuring Anthony Joshua in Africa. The potential event is seen as a callback to the historic “Rumble in the Jungle” from 1974.
Hearn expressed his enthusiasm for an incredible fight in Africa, aiming to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic boxing match. Speaking to BBC World Service’s Newsday, Hearn said
It's something that would be iconic for the sport. When we're visiting these countries, there's government funding to stage these events. Sometimes that isn't forthcoming in all areas but there have been discussions and I think it will happen in time.
Eddie Hearn’s recurrent mentions of these discussions add weight to the possibility of Anthony Joshua participating in the significant event on the African continent. Francis Ngannou is a strong contender for this potential bout. The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic heavyweight championship boxing match between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in 1974.
The fight was a major cultural event, attracting global attention. It marked Ali’s iconic “rope-a-dope” strategy, contributing to his legacy as one of the greatest boxers in history.
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