Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have a lot on their mind right now, in the form of each other, as they get ready to fight for the WBC and lineal heavyweight world titles but the winner could be forced into a super fight against Anthony Joshua.
December 1st will be a huge moment in boxing’s heavyweight division. The undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder faces the undefeated lineal champion Tyson Fury in what could be an intriguing battle.
However as the animosity between the pair ramps up there is a third person in their rivalry and the shadow that hangs over the fight in Los Angeles in the form of Anthony Joshua.
The 2012 Olympic champion is the other man that holds gold in the heavyweight division and the person that most people wanted to see face Wilder.
AJ’s representatives and the Bronze Bomber’s representatives were unable to agree terms and instead they faced Alexander Povetkin and Fury for their next fights.
In an ideal world AJ fights the winner of December’s fight and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman agrees, telling Sky Sports:
“Absolutely, that’s a fight the world wants to see. 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.”
Wilder and Fury have swapped insults at several press conferences. Image: PA Images
The biggest obstacle in AJ fighting the winner, with all the belts on the line, is the fact that there are reported rematch clauses in the contract for Wilder’s fight with Fury.
The Brit does have another date at Wembley in April already booked and whichever of the two men fighting in December were to be his opponent it would almost certainly be a sell out.
AJ was the first man to stop Povetkin. Image: PA Images
Suliaman also added his support for AJ’s fights at Wembley, as well as his two sellouts at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, saying, “I much rather see fights in stadiums than in casinos. I like to see the fans at the arenas.”
Fans will be extremely excited by the prospect of December’s winner facing AJ and if it’s only the threat of losing the belt that gets us to that point then we’ll take it.