The British-Nigerian promoter, Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua could fight the winner of Deontay Wilder vs Andy Ruiz Jr for the WBC strap if it is vacated.
Recall, WBC title-holder Tyson Fury and unified champion Oleksandr Usyk (WBA, WBO, IBF) have been in talks to stage the first undisputed heavyweight unification clash of the four-belt era for next year.
However, with Fury and Usyk having to possibly face mandatory challenges from all four sanctioning bodies, Hearn thinks it could benefit Joshua who is ranked within the top five of each of the major body’s rankings; WBO (5), IBF (4), WBC (5), WBA (4).
Wilder and Ruiz Jr face each other in a WBC final eliminator and Hearn feels Anthony Joshua could be in a primed position to face the winner if all goes to plan.
Speaking to the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel; “So now it’s about positioning yourself, Dillian Whyte, Joshua of course, into a shot at the world heavyweight title.” he said
“Dillian Whyte could be fighting Joe Joyce for the WBO world title. There are all kinds of eventualities. But the pressure will come from the mandatories, that’s just natural when there’s a unified and in this case potentially undisputed champion.”
Usyk and Fury’s four-belt shootout could see a hefty delay, however, with the IBF recently ordering the Ukrainian to face mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic next.
“For us, it’s difficult because obviously we have a job to do for Filip Hrgovic but we also know the Saudi team very well, who have been working very hard to the undisputed fight.
“So, I’ve spoken to them, who had their concerns and for boxing, that fight is very important. But also, Filip Hrgovic is mandatory so I’m sure there will be a resolution.”
Despite all the uncertainties involved in the deal, Hearn believes it will all work out in the end.
“Now they’re talking about the chronological situation of perhaps the WBA mandatory as well, which I think is Daniel Dubois. This is just what happens when there are unified and undisputed fights. But I’m sure that it will get worked out.”