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WBC reveal winner of Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder will emerge as mandatory challenger for world heavyweight title, setting up a potential showdown with Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk

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  • There has been much speculation about Anthony Joshua facing Deontay Wilder 
  • The pair are fighting separately on Saturday’s Day of Reckoning in Saudi Arabia 
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The WBC have revealed the winner of Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder will emerge as the mandatory challenger for the WBC world heavyweight champion. 

The pair – who are former heavyweight champions – are part of a bumper card on Saturday’s Day of Reckoning in Saudi Arabia. 

Anthony Joshua will face Otto Wallin, while Wilder is set to take on Joseph Parker.

There has been significant speculation for a while about a fight between Joshua and Wilder and if they both win on Saturday, they are expected to square off for a showdown on March 9.

Tyson Fury currently holds the WBC title, with the Gypsy King to fight Oleksandr Usyk – who is the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine Champion – on February 17 for the undisputed world heavyweight title.

The WBC revealed the winner of the proposed bout between Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder will emerge as the mandatory challenger for the WBC world heavyweight champion

The pair are fighting separately on Saturday's Day of Reckoning but are likely to meet if they both win

The WBC revealed the winner of the proposed bout between Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder will emerge as the mandatory challenger for the WBC world heavyweight champion

This would set up a potential showdown against Tyson Fury (left) or Oleksandr Usyk (right)

This would set up a potential showdown against Tyson Fury (left) or Oleksandr Usyk (right)

And WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman claimed Usyk or Fury could be facing Joshua or Wilder relatively soon if the latter pairing do face off in a long-awaited fight.

‘The Day of Reckoning is an unprecedented event, and it’s a great tournament,’ he told Boxing Scene.

‘If Wilder and Joshua fight, it will be a natural final elimination bout between the WBC’s No. 1 challenger Wilder and No. 2 Joshua for the mandatory shot. 

‘We’ll wait to see what happens on Saturday, but at this time there is nothing (yet official).’

‘From what I understand, Fury-Usyk and Wilder-Joshua both have rematch agreements.’

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also claimed the potential fights were long overdue

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also claimed the potential fights were long overdue

Sulaiman also went onto insist how the potential showdowns between some of the world’s greatest heavyweights were long overdue.

He continued: ‘I feel very very excited. We’ve been having a push for this for many years. When Wilder was our champion (from 2015 to 2020), we provided all of the time and possibilities for him to face Joshua at the time. 

‘When Fury beat Wilder and became the champion, we did several things in the process, hoping (for Fury) to land the fight with Joshua, and then Usyk. 

‘So it’s been a long process – a long due process. Now it’s happening, and the WBC is proud, happy and supportive. It’s a great moment for boxing.’