Tyson Fury’s all-British heavyweight fight against Anthony Joshua is “exciting”, says the WBC heavyweight champion, who has confirmed Fury is at the voluntary stage of his career.
The Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight will not be barred by Fury’s obligation to meet a mandatory opponent.
Fury was making a mandatory defense when he beat Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium earlier this year.
WBC president Mauricio Suleman told Sky Sports: “Fury made his mandatory defense in April. He is on a voluntary basis and the WBC will decide on all obligations for all divisions at their convention in Acapulco in November.”
Heavyweights are already jockeying for position to eventually become Fury’s mandatory. Andy Ruiz defeated Luis Ortiz in an eliminator and Deontay Wilder will box Robert Helenius in another eliminator in October.
“The WBC approved those two disputes and the board will review each section [in November]Suleiman said.
That means they can’t push Joshua, who lost his last two fights against Oleksandr Usyk, as a heavyweight title contender. But Fury can fight it willingly, especially if it happens next.
“The WBC cannot offer such a fight, which is against the rules and against the rights of Champion Fury,” Sulaiman said.
But “Fury vs Joshua is always going to be an exciting matchup, especially in the UK. Fury is without a doubt the best heavyweight today and he’s on top.”
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