WBC President Explains Why He’s Not In A Rush To Find A Mandatory For Tyson Fury
WBC President Mauricio Sulaima says they are in no rush to find a mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury.
Fury is set to return to the ring in October against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a non-title bout. To many fans, they were disappointed he’s not defending his belt against someone who deserves a title shot.
However, the WBC says Tyson Fury has tried to fight the top contenders, which didn’t come to fruition. With that, the WBC says Fury is allowed to take this fight and remain the WBC champ.
He has been willing, able, and trying to fight Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr or anyone and has not been able to land the fight that the fans would like to see. Instead of waiting around, he has no mandatory contenders, so he is going to do this special event in Saudi Arabia,” Sulaiman told Gambling.com. “He is not fighting Oleksandr Usyk because he was not ready last December. Then they couldn’t do it in March and then they went their separate ways. Anthony Joshua – the same thing, so don’t blame Tyson Fury. He has been there and been there ready.
“The mandatory contender is a rule to provide opportunities to the best contender in the division, not to be talked by the champion. If you force the mandatory just for the sake of it, you are doing a disservice to the sport. We will not be rushing up a mandatory contender. We had ordered Wilder vs Ruiz and the winner would have been a sensational mandatory contender and that fight did not take place.
“They are not participating in it so there is no mandatory contender. Fury is the best heavyweight without a doubt. We would like to see Fury vs Usyk so we will not interfere in the plans to have a major showdown for all the belts so there is no hurry to find a mandatory contender and we will see what happens at the WBC convention.”
After the Francis Ngannou fight, the hope for many fans is that Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight to unify the division.
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