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WBC want Deontay Wilder to face Anthony Joshua, but not until 2018

Joshua v Wilder 25/08/2017

A fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua with four title belts on the line would be welcomed by World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman in the coming year.

Despite calls for Wilder to be given special dispensation to fight the Briton as soon as possible it seems Sulaiman wants the American to wait until 2018.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ has a mandatory to fulfill against old foe Bermane Stiverne in the coming months but Sulaiman is willing to help Wilder eventually duke it out with Joshua.

“We will do whatever is possible and necessary to make it happen,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

“That’s the fight everybody wants to see. Joshua is a tremendous attraction and a positive role model, and Wilder is the same.”

Addressing the Stiverne obligation and the fact Joshua has to fight Kubrat Pulev and Luis Ortiz in the meantime, Sulaiman added: “Two undefeated champions should meet in the ring as soon as possible.

“Both have commitments to finish, so next year is the time to meet,” said Sulaiman.

Joshua v Pulev is been eyed for October 28 on UK soil, whilst Wilder v Stiverne II, a rematch of their previous meeting in January 2015 is yet to be agreed.

Wilder has been accused of stalling by members of Team Stiverne as the undefeated puncher awaits the outcome of Joseph Parker’s WBO title defence against Hughie Fury.

Whoever comes out on top may be interested in a two-belt battle with Wilder by the end of the year, although as Sulaiman already stated, Stiverne’s chance won’t be brushed aside anytime soon.

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