Sulaiman: Wilder not fighting Arreola, Fury sanctioning unlikely
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has moved to clear up a couple of rumours regarding the future of heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in his latest conversation with WBN.
Wilder, 29, is lining up a return to the ring in September as he makes the second of his allowed voluntary defences and has been strongly linked to facing fellow Premier Boxing Champions fighter Chris Arreola in the past.
More recently, young Briton Hughie Fury has been pushed forward as a potential candidate to oppose undefeated title holder, although the 20 year-old already has a spot lined up on the Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury undercard – alongside his cousin.
Sulaiman was asked directly if any request had been made by Wilder’s team to face Fury next month and also quizzed on Arreola’s chances of being in the opposite corner to the ‘Bronze Bomber’ despite only managing a draw against Fred Kassi recently.
“I have not heard any request regarding a fight between Deontay Wilder and Hughie Fury,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News during a phone chat on Wednesday.
“Sometimes social media can make things more confused, but in regards to the WBC sanctioning that fight, I don’t think so.
He went on: “Also, I don’t think Wilder will be fighting Chris Arreola in September. Arreola had a difficult outing last time and he needs to work his way back.
“Arreola is a very good fighter, but he didn’t have a good night. I’m not sure where he will end up in the new ratings as he did not lose, he drew. We will have to see,” added Sulaiman.
Alexander Povetkin is waiting in the wings for Wilder as mandatory and is scheduled to defend his WBC silver title on November 4 in Russia, leaving the champion with few options for his PBC return.
Vyacheslav Glazkov is currently ranked number three and seems the most attractive proposition as Wilder contemplates a switch back to Las Vegas or California having headlined in his home state in defeating Eric Molina last June.