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Mar
2019

Wilder backed by WBC after Fury snub, Breazeale v Whyte order in doubt

Phil Jay 27/02/2019

📸 Ed Diller

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman was obviously saddened by the events which have transpired over the last several days involving Deontay Wilder.

Sulaiman has dealt with the fallout of a May 18 clash being scrapped once Tyson Fury signed with ESPN.

Eventually seeing further talks on a rematch called off completely.

Fury has been guided away from Wilder for what could turn out to be the foreseeable future. Sulaiman moved to confirm his unequivocal support for his top division ruler.

“The WBC wishes to express its recognition to our heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder,” said Sulaiman.

“A true example complying with WBC rules and mandates. He fought Ortiz then Fury and was ready for the rematch.

“(He is) a true world champion! Our pride and honor. We stand by him.”

Some fans then took the opportunity to quiz Sulaiman on his mandatory claims. Even suggesting Wilder hadn’t fought a number one contender for four years.

This is despite two attempts to fight Alexander Povetkin falling apart over adverse drug findings. Also, the Luis Ortiz defense being delayed for the same reason.

Eventually, the WBC pushed Bermane Stiverne as the top contender due to his past run as champion.

In response to the negativity, Sulaiman (📸 Ed Diller) pointed out that Fury was the one who removed himself from the return.

“It’s good to learn and recognize ignorance. All WBC rules are on the web. We will be happy to answer any questions.

“By the way, the challenger didn’t push back the mandate, he withdrew from the fight. It’s off.”

On Wilder, he added: “He (Deontay) was in Russia to fight Povetkin and the fight was off due to the challenger’s adverse finding.

“A trial which lasted one year. Do your homework. C’mon!”


BREAZEALE v WHYTE

Despite a recent order for Dominic Breazeale to face Dillian Whyte for the interim title, it’s expected Sulaiman will allow Wilder to fight either contender next.

At this point, Breazeale would be the favorite. Whyte could then still be handed the interim shot against Luis Ortiz or Adam Kownacki.

Already turning down an eliminator with Ortiz once, Whyte may decide to do his own thing completely.

The WBO could move to offer Whyte a similar fight against Tom Schwarz or Oscar Rivas due to his number one position with that organization.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay

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