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Joshua Believes WBO Should Hold Fury Unification Above Usyk Defense

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is looking for a monster year in 2021.

This Saturday night at the SSE Arena at Wembley, Joshua will defend his titles against the IBF's mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Should Joshua win, he will set his sights on a full division unification clash with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

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One of the hurdles in the way of a full division unification - is the WBO's mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk has vowed to apply a lot of pressure to ensure his mandatory crack goes forward in his next outing - either with Joshua or in a bout for the vacant title against number two ranked Joe Joyce.

Joshua would like to avoid the scenario of having to vacate one of his titles.

He would rather submit an application for an exception, with the sanctioning body allowing a full division unification to move forward - with a likely agreement that the winner will have to face Usyk in the aftermath.

"In my heart of hearts, I don’t want to drop a belt. I’ll fight Usyk first if I have to. But I think the governing body should overrule a mandatory if they have a fight for an undisputed champion, which they could," Joshua told Chris Mannix.

"If they were keen on this unification fight [the WBO] would say to Usyk ‘right, we have this undisputed title fight coming up which overrules a mandatory challenge’. What I mean is that I’ve worked hard to put together fights towards an undisputed heavyweight champion over the last few years, except this year which has obviously been a bit up and down.

"But if I can get past Pulev, hopefully me and Fury can finally get it on in 2021, if the governing bodies are willing to override the mandatory positions in order to get one undisputed heavyweight champion of the world."

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Comment by JRB123 on 12-12-2020

The Whyte situation with the WBC gets brought up because the WBC was not clear about the mandatory spot and setting up final eliminators. They never put Whyte in position for a final eliminator until the Wilder-Fury rematch was initially…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 12-11-2020

[QUOTE=Roberto Vasquez;20945257]Whyte fought more top-10 ranked boxers than Wilder did at the time. Only top-10 fighter Wilder had beaten back then was Ortiz. Why does Whyte have to fight better opponents than the champion to get a shot? Usyk fights…

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 12-11-2020

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;20943636]Usyk gets a pass because he actually earned it. Whyte had not. Usyk became mandatory by WBO rules while Whyte refused to fight eliminators as every WBC mandatory before him had to.[/QUOTE] Whyte fought more top-10 ranked boxers than Wilder…

Comment by South Champion on 12-11-2020

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;20944167]What was wrong with the performance? I thought it was standard he stuck to his game plan, wore down Del Boy, gave him the early rounds then took over. 117-111 on my card. Was the fight I expected it to…

Comment by Ray* on 12-11-2020

They will and they should, all the four major belts matters in this undisputed fight. Beat Pulev sign to fight Fury simple, the PBC are not involved in this one, they can keep brainwashing their little pea brain cultists/fans but…

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