Tyson Fury gets boxing rematch approved as Anthony Joshua details come to light

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Boxing news: Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk rematch already has WBC approval

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 28/11/2023

- 08:34

Updated: 28/11/2023

- 08:36

The two Britons won't be fighting each other - but will be stepping into the ring in the coming months

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has claimed a rematch between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has already been approved.

And he's also claimed Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could finally fight next year after years of intense speculation.

Fury and Usyk had originally been due to fight on December 23, only for that fight to be postponed due to the Briton needing more time to recover from his recent victory over Francis Ngannou.

Both Joshua and Deontay Wilder will fight that night instead - but not against each other.

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Joshua will instead lock horns with Otto Wallin, while Wilder is preparing for a blockbuster showdown with Joseph Parker.

Now, Sulaiman has confirmed a rematch between Fury and Usyk already has WBC approval.

And he's also claimed Wilder and Joshua could finally fight in the biggest eliminator in boxing history.

"We've been waiting and pushing and mediating and encouraging everyone to try to make this happen," Sulaiman told Sky Sports.

"When Wilder was champion there were a couple of occasions where Wilder-Joshua came very close.

"The WBC left that window without interfering with anything that could get in the way.

"Then with Tyson Fury, he was ready to fight Joshua, then Usyk.

"The problem that could happen is a mandatory contender.

"We did order Wilder against [Andy] Ruiz, which was a tremendous fight, to find a mandatory contender.

"That fight didn't take place. So the WBC board of governors has approved Fury against Usyk in February and then the rematch so there will not be anything in the way, as far as the WBC, for both fights to take place."

Addressing the upcoming night of boxing on December 23, the WBC chief added: "In itself it is a natural WBC elimination tournament.

"You have Wilder, No 1, Joshua, you have Parker, you have Otto Wallin, all those are highly ranked in the WBC.

"After December 23 we're going to see a different picture in the rankings.

"It looks like Wilder and Joshua are on a collision course. That could very well be a final elimination to determine a mandatory contender for the WBC title."

In the eyes of Sulaiman, a battle between Joshua and Wilder would be a 'dream come true' for fans of the sport.

"Unbelievable. That would be a dream come true for the fans," the 53-year-old stated.

"I am very happy to see the promoters collaborating, the managers, the fighters.

"Of course there's big money involved but you have to make it.

"You can dream of things, we have been dreaming for this and this is the perfect moment to get into another era of boxing.

"So we will be supporting as much as we can."

When it comes to fighting, Wilder has the most experience.


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He's had 46 career fights so far and won an impressive 43 of them. Fury has beaten him twice, while they also drew in December 2018.

The Gypsy King has won 34 of his 35 career fights.

Joshua has claimed victory in 26 of his own battles.

And Usyk has won all 21 of his fights so far, with 14 of them coming via knockout.

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