WBN have been informed by the Commonwealth Boxing Council that the forthcoming British title clash between Sam Sexton and Hughie Fury will double-up as a Commonwealth title final eliminator.
Sexton battles Fury on May 12 in Bolton, with the eventual victor set to face the winner of the Commonwealth championship fight a week earlier between Lenroy Thomas and Joe Joyce.
In an update of the division, the CBC outlined the sanctions appointed.
LENROY THOMAS (Champion) v JOE JOYCE (Challenger) on 5th May 2018, London UK
FINAL ELIMINATOR – HUGHIE FURY v SAM SEXTON on 12th May 2018, Bolton UK
Also, the other divisional challengers who can be put forward for the title were revealed.
Dave Allen (England), Derek Chisora (England), Tony Bellew (England), Gary Cornish (Scotland), Junior Fa (New Zealand)
Nathan Gorman (England), David Haye (England), Simon Kean (Canada), Joseph Parker (New Zealand), Carlos Takam (Cameroon), Nick Webb (England), Dillian Whyte (England).
A Champion is required to defend within the time period set against any of the listed contenders in his weight division except in the case where a particular mandatory challenger has been specified, either of such defences to be considered a mandatory defence.
Should a Champion wish to defend against a challenger not listed then application must be made to the Hon Secretary of the CBC by him, his manager or a promoter on their behalves. Permission will be granted subject to approval by the CBC of the challenger and such defence will be considered a voluntary defence.
The winner will be obliged to make a mandatory defence within the time period specified if this has not already taken place.
Joyce is a massive favorite to overcome Thomas, whilst Fury is favored to defeat Sexton – meaning a battle of the two could happen later in the summer.
Facing Fury would seem like a natural progression for Joyce, who is bidding to be in the world title mix by 2019 on the back of his Olympic silver medal in 2016.