Mauricio Sulaiman confirms Canelo is in year-round testing, believes Joshua v Wilder will happen
With fans rejoicing over Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya and Tom Loeffler reaching an agreement for a Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin rematch, Mauricio Sulaiman went on record to state all is forgiven with the Mexican.
The WBC President spoke about GGG v Canelo 2, which made it over the line this week, but also pleaded for a heavyweight battle between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
In his interview with Sirius XM Boxing Radio, Sulaiman firstly said Canelo has a clean slate with the WBC after receiving a six-month ban for Clenbuterol.
“Since that bell rang ending the first one, the whole world wants to see it. It was a very nice, competitive, high level, good, good fight and it’s one that everyone wants to see.
“Canelo has joined the art of competition testing year round so everything is fine, everything is set.
“What happened with clenbuterol is in the past, now both fighters want the fight. It’s just a matter of understanding that the world and the real owners of the sport are the fans – just give the fans what they want.”
Host Randy Gordon then turned his attention to Joshua v Wilder: “Well there’s one more fight and we do wanna give the fans what they want, and it involves a WBC belt. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua holds all these other alphabet soup organization belts, what is going on to the best of your knowledge, is it gonna happen at all?
Sulaiman replied: It will happen eventually, it should happen. Wilder told me he’s willing to go anywhere in the world.
“Wilder has fought in the UK, has fought in Canada, in Mexico, he was gonna fight in Russia, he’s been all over the place, he’s a world champion.
“And Joshua is demanding he fight in the UK only. That’s the difference, that’s the breaking point but Wilder is willing to go to the UK and fight him. So, again, they must sit down and negotiate to make it happen.”
Listen to Mauricio Sulaiman saying Wilder v Joshua must get made for boxing’s sake: https://twitter.com/SiriusXMBoxing/status/1006632001296879616
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