Boxing giants Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are on course for a major showdown as they prepare to compete in a final eliminator for Tyson Fury's WBC title in 2024. The stage is set for December 23, as both pugilists face separate opponents, with Joshua up against Otto Wallin and Wilder taking on Joseph Parker. Should both claim victory, it would pave the way for a high-stakes bout between them in the coming year.
WBC Sanctions and Future Matchups
The World Boxing Council (WBC), under the stewardship of president Mauricio Sulaiman, has sanctioned Fury's undisputed title fight with Oleksandr Usyk, scheduled for February 17. This bout's significance and an anticipated rematch effectively rule out a direct title opportunity for Joshua and Wilder. Instead, a match-up between them is seen as a direct eliminator, a decisive battle to crown a mandatory contender for the coveted WBC title.
Fury's Undisputed Title and the Battle of Losers
Despite the mounting excitement around the prospective Joshua-Wilder fight, Tyson Fury has chosen to downplay its significance. The Gypsy King, as Fury is popularly known, dismisses the potential bout as a 'battle of losers'. His comment reflects the competitive edge and psychological warfare often seen in the build-up to significant boxing matchups.
Sulaiman's Enthusiasm and Boxing Fans' Expectations
Mauricio Sulaiman, however, has a different take. He has expressed his enthusiasm for the developments and the collaborations between promoters, highlighting the excitement it generates for boxing fans worldwide. In his words, a potential Joshua-Wilder fight is a 'dream come true for the fans', setting the stage for an electrifying atmosphere in the boxing universe.