Tyson Fury could be forced to fight Anthony Joshua in monster battle of Britain thanks to loophole, reveals WBC chief

TYSON FURY may be forced to defend his heavyweight belt against Anthony Joshua, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has admitted.

The Gypsy King has been out of action since defeating Derek Chisora in a Tottenham Hotspur Stadium snoozefest last December.

Since talks over an April 29 unification bout against Oleksandr Usyk fell throughFury has found himself without a fight.

With the 34-year-old still without an opponent, Sulaiman is set to order a mandatory challenger for him.

And depending on what happens with Deontay Wilder’s proposed bout with Andy Ruiz Jr – AJ could be next in line for a shot at Fury.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Sulaiman said: “We have to take some action. There are different options.

“I’m going to address this with the board of governors, because already we’re entering June and there’s no scenario.

“Tyson Fury will make us proud and show who the WBC champion is.”

Further quizzed if Joshua could be in the frame, Sulaiman admitted: “That’s a possibility. If Wilder and Ruiz are not fighting for the final elimination, Joshua’s right there at No3. That’s possible.

“I don’t want to speculate because that would be irresponsible to try to make something up.

“We have to go through a process. The WBC board of governors will make that decision.

“At this stage anything is possible.

“There’s too much talent, too many great fights, too many great combinations that could be made for heavyweight and everything is stalled.”

Joshua, 33, is third ranked WBC heavyweight contender – with Wilder No1 and Ruiz Jr No2.

The British former world champion was last in action in April, when he beat Jermaine Franklin via decision at London’s 02 Arena.


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