WBC President Says Joshua Vs. Wilder Could Be A Title Eliminator

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has talked up an Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder fight by saying it could be a title eliminator. 

Reports have indicated a two-fight deal is in place, the first of which is for March 9, 2024. That is on the condition both men beat their next opponents this Saturday. Joshua faces the southpaw Otto Wallin, and Wilder squares off against the former WBO champion Joseph Parker. Since Wilder and Joshua have expressed their desire to become champions again, a title eliminator makes sense. The winner would then face Oleksandr Usyk or Tyson Fury. They fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship, which takes place on February 17, 2024.

“The Day of Reckoning is an unprecedented event, and it’s a great tournament. If Wilder and Joshua fight, it will be a natural final elimination bout between the WBC’s No. 1 challenger Wilder and No. 2 Joshua for the mandatory shot. We’ll wait to see what happens on Saturday, but at this time there is nothing [yet official],” Sulaiman said 

The previous title eliminator between Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. failed, as both sides couldn’t agree on a purse. The Bronze Bomber offered a 70-30 split, but the Mexican demanded 50-50. That fight would get scrapped, but there is hope that the Wilder-Joshua fight will take place for a potential eliminator. Sulaiman outlined how the WBC wanted the biggest fights. 

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“We’ve been having a push for this for many years. When Wilder was our champion [from 2015 to 2020], we provided all of the time and possibilities for him to face Joshua at the time. When Fury beat Wilder and became the champion, we did several things in the process, hoping [for Fury] to land the fight with Joshua, and then Usyk. So it’s been a long process – a long due process. Now it’s happening, and the WBC is proud, happy and supportive,” Sulaiman

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