WBC chief wants Fury to face bitter rival Joshua now

Tyson Fury’s proposed undisputed world title clash with rival Anthony Joshua is given ‘absolute support’ by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman as pair get set to meet twice in 2021

  • Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have edged closer to finally meeting in the ring 
  • The two British heavyweights have been hoping to face off for some time 
  • Joshua faces Kubrat Pulev in December as Fury mediates with Deontay Wilder 
  • WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says full support will be given to the fight 

The eagerly anticipated undisputed world title clash between bitter rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has been given the blessing of the WBC.

Both British heavyweights have been trading bitter words for some time now and increasing the hopes of the boxing world that an explosive title encounter in the ring will finally come to fruition. 

And now WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has given his backing to the showdown, praising both athletes and insisting his organisation will ‘absolutely support it’ and help to make the all-British bout a reality.

Tyson Fury has taken a step closer to finally being able to face off with Anthony Joshua

Speaking this week to Sky Sports, Sulaiman said: ‘There’s absolutely great hope from the world to see that undisputed fight. 

‘Tyson Fury is our champion, our pride. Anthony Joshua holds the other belts and he has been a tremendous asset to the sport. A gentleman, a great career.

‘To see this showdown, Fury-Joshua, would be tremendous for everyone in the sport of boxing. We will absolutely support it.’

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman is keen for Joshua to face Fury if he beats Kubrat Pulev

Joshua is in line to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.

Victory over the big Bulgarian would ensure Joshua remains on course to meet Fury and take on the glamorous showdown fight at the pinnacle of the sport.

Fury meanwhile entered a mediation process over a disputed third fight with Deontay Wilder.

The ‘Gypsy King’ is contractually obliged to face the America for a third and final triology fight, after a controversial draw in their first meeting and a resounding victory for Fury in their second.

Fury has entered a mediation process with Deontay Wilder regarding their trilogy showdown

Sulaiman added: ‘The WBC has no blocks right now. There is no mandatory contender. There is an issue that we are aware that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have some sort of mediation process going on and that’s the only thing, but we don’t have any details.

‘We’re just hoping that everything gets resolved and everybody is happy and we see great fights inside the ring.’

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