An agreed showdown between IBF heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, and Wladimir Klitschko has yet to be confirmed as both parties wait to find out if the recently vacated WBA belt will also be on the line in December.
The WBA title was vacated last week by now former champion, Tyson Fury. Fury voluntarily vacated the belt, claiming that he was acting “for the good of boxing”.
Now it seems as though both Joshua, and Klitschko, are eager to claim the vacant title, on December 10th, in Manchester.
Both fighters have submitted official requests to the WBA, to sanction the fight, putting another title on the line for the heavyweight clash between the Brit and the Ukrainian.
Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn stated:
“Both teams have written to the WBA to request sanctioning of our fight, but Wladimir wants the WBA belt to be on the line so until that is approved we cannot move forward”
Hearn, is hopeful that a decision regarding the WBA belt will be made this week, but admits that they may have to start looking at “alternative options” for the fight.
Fury, 28, won the WBA title last year, after upsetting long-time champion, Wladimir Klitschko, in a unanimous decision victory, in Germany.
The ‘Gypsy King’ had been scheduled to defend his title in a rematch with Klitschko this month, however, the fight was cancelled for a second time, after Fury was declared “medically unfit” to compete. A second failed drug test for cocaine use followed, and it was expected that Fury, would have been stripped of the belt, had he not relinquished it himself.
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