Joshua May Have WBO Mandatory Next
Deontay Wilder may continue to wait for a fight with Anthony Joshua, as Joshua may have to fulfill a WBO mandatory title defense after his September 22nd showdown against Alexander Povetkin.
Joshua may have a litany of options after his fight with the WBA mandatory, but the WBO may open the door for a rematch against fellow Matchroom Boxing fighter, Dillian Whyte.
A WBO statement to Sky Sports read: “With respect to our WBO heavyweight champion Mr. Anthony Joshua, be advised that Joshua has 180 days counting from the date of his last compulsory defense (after the Alexander Povetkin bout) to fulfill his mandatory defense obligations.”
Whyte is the current WBO international champion and ranked second in the WBO, behind Povetkin. And even with that ranking, the WBO would not confirm if Whyte would be ordered to fight in a final eliminator.
The statement continued: “Be advised that at this time the WBO has yet to determine if a WBO heavyweight elimination contest will be ordered.
“Further, the involvement of our WBO international heavyweight champion Mr. Dillian Whyte in a WBO heavyweight elimination bout is uncertain.”
Another of Joshua’s belts, the IBF title, has a mandatory eliminator between Kubrat Pulev and Hughie Fury, is set to take place on October 27th in Bulgaria.
Initial Report: Sky Sports