The World Boxing Council is one of the four major organisations that sanction world championship boxing bouts. This year, WBC will support an ultimate heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and the winner of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury.
WBC champion Wilder wasn’t in the same mind with WBO titleholder Joshua, to engage in a blockbuster bout in the past. But that didn’t stop Wilder from adding another belt in his waist.
As he opted to fight Fury in Los Angeles on December 1, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman wants the champion to battle for the right to become the undisputed king of the top division.
However, the Wilder vs Fury rematch would cause the Joshua fight to be held in abeyance.
Wilder vs Fury in December
“Absolutely, that’s a fight the world wants to see,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports. “That’s a fight the WBC has just ruled to support. During our convention, a ruling of the mandatory status included the provision of trying to make the winner of Fury-Wilder against Joshua.
“I’m not certain about any contract. That’s a private agreement, but the WBC is, of course, the one that orders the fights, so our position is that we want to see the ultimate heavyweight fight, which involves Joshua and involves the WBC champion.”
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has expressed his frustration at the breakdown of talks with Wilder’s team. Hearn wants to reach an agreement to stage the match at Wembley on April 13 before the year ends.
Sulaiman, on the other hand, has welcomed the prospect of another stadium fight. This was after Joshua’s recent world title victory over Alexander Povetkin held in front of a huge attendance.
“To see boxing with 90,000 fans, regardless of which country you’re in, has to be a great motivation. Which shows the moment that is being lived in the UK, in England, with Joshua,” Sulaiman said.
“I much rather see fights in stadiums than in casinos. I like to see the fans at the arenas.”