Sulaiman: Klitschko wants the WBC title, we cannot get in his way
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman recently told WBN that he will not stand in Wladimir Klitschko’s way as the Ukrainian bids to hold all five world heavyweight titles in the future.
Klitschko, 39, has a mandatory obligation to the WBA when the current four-belt champion meets Tyson Fury next, after which Dr. Steelhammer is known to be keen on facing whoever holds the coveted green belt.
Title holder Deontay Wilder is fighting September 26 before the American is due to fulfil his obligation to the WBC against Alexander Povetkin, although Sulaiman is adamant that he wouldn’t put a block on any possible unification process.
“Although I am very happy with the new attention that the heavyweight division has created with Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin and Anthony Joshua, Klitschko is a wonderful champion and a wonderful person. He wants the WBC title so we cannot get in his way.” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.
“If the fight is on, then it would be a real pleasure for the WBC too. In fact, we did offer Klitschko the fight a year ago or more, but he was tied to mandatory commitments with other organisations and that is when it becomes a problem.”
Should Klitschko come through Fury in Germany on October 24, a fight against Wilder for the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO titles would be a huge affair in the top division and see one recognised champion in the division – something Sulaiman is driving for since taking over from his father.
The opportunity to stage the fight, possibly in the US at the MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden, would be the biggest heavyweight event since Lennox Lewis fought Mike Tyson in 2002 and give Klitschko the chance to claim the title held by his brother Vitali before his eventual retirement back in 2012.