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Mauricio Sulaiman - My Governing Body Will Support Wilder Vs. Joshua Unification

Mauricio Sulaiman - My Governing Body Will Support Wilder Vs. Joshua Unification

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has brought into the picture a possible world heavyweight title unification fight between Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), 31 and the winner of Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko.

WBC champion Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs), 31, who successfully defended his title against Gerald Washington with a fifth round stoppage and due to make a mandatory and sixth defence against Bermane Stiverne, who he won the belt off in Jan 2015.

Wilder has said he wants a unification fight with WBO champion Joseph Parker (23-0, 18 KOs), but ESPN understands the New Zealand boxer is in talks to defend his title against mandatory challenger Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) in England this September.

"I believe it's a must that we have more unification fights in boxing," Sulaiman told ESPN. "Because there are so many champions, a good champion can run out of contenders.
"Wilder and Joshua is a must. I think the world be waiting for that fight and I don't see anyone beating either of them.

"Wilder has a mandatory [defence] and we are looking into that as we speak. Bermane Stiverne is the mandatory.

"We are all for it [Wilder versus Joshua]. If both fighters are available for that unification we will be in complete support of seeing it."

The other world heavyweight titles are held by Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), 27, after the Briton knocked out Klitschko, 41, in a stunning fight in April and the pair are expected to meet in a rematch in October or November.
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