Sulaiman urges unification agreement: Wilder has had to wait, no need to delay Joshua fight
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman is urging all sides to come together in an agreement for heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder to face Anthony Joshua.
A massive unification between the two biggest names in the division is currently being overlooked by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn in a bid to build the fight up to a summer crescendo.
Hearn has made an offer instead to Joseph Parker (which was turned down) but Sulaiman remains hopeful Joshua and Wilder can seal an encounter right away.
“Well, this a matter of promotional agreements, and a matter of hyping up a fight,” said Sulaiman.
“The reality is that Deontay Wilder is the WBC Champion. He’s a solid Champion, has been there for a time, proving his punching power… and his fitness!
“Joshua is a tremendous athlete and a tremendous Champion, and I don’t think economics should get in the way of having this great fight. It’s a fight that the World wants, and they must understand that they have to give the World and Boxing fans what they expect.
“So this fight should be made. There’s no need to delay it. The WBC has expressed absolute support for the fight and I’m sure that the other organizations will do the same. So, I think everyone should get on with it!”
“Joshua has KO’d all the fighters that he’s faced, and the same goes for Wilder. He’s KO’d all the fighters he’s fought. Bermane Stiverne lost the decision first time around, but he was spectacularly stopped in the rematch.
“This is the heavyweight division. One punch can a whole fight and an entire career. Right now, without it being confirmed, everyone is talking about it. Once they both sign the contract, it’s going to be a tremendous road leading up to the greatest heavyweight championship fight in a decade!
“Deontay really wants this fight. He has seen three fights fall apart due to adverse findings, he has suffered and he’s had to wait. Joshua has capitalized very well knocking out Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. That was a huge statement, so…The Fight is ready to take place!”