Sulaiman reserves high praise for Joshua, sure WBC final eliminator will happen down the line

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has labelled British Heavyweight Anthony Joshua as a ‘fighter that doesn’t come around very often’ and is certain the Olympic gold medallist will be contesting a final eliminator soon.

At the tender age of 25, Joshua is already being touted as a future ruler in the top division for many years to come having demolished thirteen opponents within three rounds since entering the paid ranks on the back of London 2012 success.

Joshua, who is currently ranked number two with the World Boxing Council, is set to be involved in a title fight at home on September 12 of this year and could then be in the mix for a WBC title shot once Sulaiman reviews the current situation.

At present, champion Deontay Wilder is mulling over a second voluntary defense in the autumn before taking on mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, which means Joshua could be in a final eliminator position by the spring of 2016.

“Wilder and Povetkin should be fighting by the end of the year or early next year and we know Anthony Joshua is a tremendous prospect,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“For sure, Joshua will be engaged in a final eliminator down the line. Now is premature as we need to get the other fight going (Wilder v Povetkin) then we will review each division at the Convention in December.

“We at the WBC are supportive of Joshua as he is one of the things that come around not very often,” he added.

Joshua has been linked to an undefeated clash against 21-0 Scot Gary Cornish, potentially for the British or Commonwealth heavyweight title, which in turn could lead to an all-British European title bout with David Price should the Liverpudlian defeat Erkan Teper this month.