Joshua, Wilder in eliminator for WBC title

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Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to meet Deontay Wilder in potentially the biggest final eliminator for Tyson Fury’s WBC title in 2024.

Joshua and Wilder will compete in separate bouts on December 23 against Otto Wallin and Joseph Parker respectively.

A victory for both Wilder and Joshua will put them on course to box each other next year. But even though they are the No 1 and No 2-ranked contenders with the WBC they won’t fight each other for that heavyweight championship.

According to Sky Sports, the WBC has confirmed that their heavyweight championship will not only be contested, along with the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, in the Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undisputed title fight on February 17 but also in a rematch.

Mauricio Sulaiman, the WBC president, emphasised that his organisation had been committed to supporting establishing an undisputed champion at heavyweight.

“We’ve been waiting and pushing and mediating and encouraging everyone to try to make this happen,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

“So 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.

“In itself it is a natural WBC elimination tournament. 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 explained.





Joshua and Wilder are favoured to win their fights and the expectation is for the American and the Briton to box next year. Tyson Fury dismissed the significance of Joshua’s potential bout with fellow heavyweight Wilder and labelled the fight as a ‘battle of losers’.

“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,” Sulaiman said.

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

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