Mauricio Sulaimanpresident of the WBC, assured that the body will support a unification between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in heavyweight.
“There has been a real interest in making the unification between Fury and Usyk,” Sulaimn said in an interview with Sky Sports. “There is a possibility that the winner will fight the mandatory that will come out of Wilder – Ruz“.
Fury is the WBC monarch and will defend his belt against Derek Chisora on December 3. On his part, Usyk is waiting for the unification with the British and even in his team they commented that everything is arranged on his part to carry it out.
However, Usyk has against him the recent IBF order, which ordered the fight against the Croatian Filip Hrgovic.
If he does not accept the fight and if Hrgovic does not give his approval for the unification, Usyk will have to vacate the belt and the fight against Fury would only be for the WBA, WBO and WBC championships.
Although Fury is the only boxer in history to hold all four heavyweight championships, he has never held them at the same time, so the Usyk fight is his biggest draw.
WBC wants unification between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk
Although Sulaimn supports the future fight, he clarified that after the unification the right that the challenger who comes out of the fight between Andy Ruz and Deontay Wilder would have to be respected.
“The WBC has always supported unification fights,” Mauricio said. “If this happens, it would be a great fight for everyone. But we cannot leave aside that the right of the mandatory challenger is respected.”
Ruz and Wilder won their semifinal eliminator in 2022 and, according to the World Council president, the fight in 2023 is expected to be one of the most attractive of the year and he is confident of obtaining a solid challenger for Usyk or Fury.
“I am convinced that a great contender will come out of this huge fight,” Sulaiman said. “It’s going to be a great fight and the winner will have a lot of options.”