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Anthony Joshua’s Hopes Of Facing Wilder Hits Storm, As WBC Changes Gear

Written By: SD Reporter


  • Dominic Breazeale fights Eric Molina in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 4
  • They clash on the undercard of Deontay Wilder’s fight with Bermane Stiverne
  • Anthony Joshua had been lined up to meet Wilder in a unification bout next year
  • But the WBC revealed that Breazeale-Molina is a final eliminator for their title

The winner of Dominc Breazeale’s fight with Eric Molina will become the mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title, denting Anthony Joshua’s hopes of facing the Bronze Bomber next year.

Breazeale and Molina, both of whom have already lost to Joshua in the paid ranks, meet on the undercard of Wilder’s title defence against Bermane Stiverne in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The two Americans are ranked sixth and 12th, respectively, in the WBC’s heavyweight rankings. But on Wednesday the sanctioning body announced that the fight would act as a final eliminator for Wilder’s world title.

The winner of Dominic Breazeale-Eric Molina is the mandatory challenger for Wilder (above)

The winner of Dominic Breazeale-Eric Molina is the mandatory challenger for Wilder (above)

Following victory over Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday, IBF and WBA king Joshua claimed that a unification bout with the Alabama fighter ‘has to happen’. ‘Boxing needs it and so do I, 100 per cent,’ he said.

But Eddie Hearn’s plan to have AJ fight Wilder, Tyson Fury and WBO champion Joseph Parker have been dealt a setback by the WBC’s decision.

Wilder, too, has been eyeing fights with the other champions, claiming this week: ‘I want to unify the division so bad. That’s my ultimate goal.’

Britain’s WBA and IBF champion stopped Molina at the Manchester Arena in December 2016

Britain’s WBA and IBF champion stopped Molina at the Manchester Arena in December 2016

But it is Breazeale and Molina, two fighters who lasted a combined 10 rounds with Joshua, who are set to face the unbeaten Alabama fighter next year. Under WBC rules, a champion must make one mandatory defence every 12 months.

Both Takam and Britain’s international champion Dillian Whyte, are ranked ahead of the two Americans by the sanctioning body.

Whyte and his promoter Hearn have been pushing hard for a shot at Wilder, claiming the Bronze Bomber turned down seven-figure offers to fight.

Hearn has also denied reports that he has offered Parker a 20:80 split to face Joshua, claiming: ‘No offer has been made to Team Parker’.

 

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