Deontay Wilder is one step closer to fighting for the WBC lightweight title after the WBO made Joe Joyce a mandatory shot.
WBO president Paco Valcarcel has ruled out confirming Joyce’s 2023 shot as reigning champion Oleksandr Usyk eyes a mandatory fight with Tyson Fury.
World Boxing News reports that Wilder could wait months after Fury to fight Usyk while Joyce is next. However, WBN understands that this is not the case, and there is no mandatory queue for the weight division.
All bodies must meet after Fury vs Usyk undisputed undisputed undisputed undisputed undisputed undisputed undisputed undisputed who gets first crack. So, if Wilder defeats Andy Ruiz Jr. next year, he could potentially be promoted as an unconventional first round contender.
Who will be the first mandatory contender for the undisputed heavyweight title?
Daniel Dubois with the WBA, Filip Hrgovic with the IBF, and Wilder or Ruiz with the WBC are thought to be after Joyce.
But all four are back in the equation and could make their case once Fury vs Usyk is in the books for all the belts.
If Fury wins and Wilder defeats Ruiz, a fourth meeting between the pair would be on the cards. And that can have an impact on other competitors.
If it’s Usyk, that’s where Joyce, Dubois, or Hrgovic will stand with the best chance of being first.
Deontay Wilder KO’d Helenius
Meanwhile, Fury mentioned Wilder in his recent car crash interview with True Geordie. The interviewer asked Fury about “The Bronze Bomber” crying after he beat Robert Helenius in the middle of next week.
Helenius took an incredible shot at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and almost didn’t make it out of New York City.
Wilder went to see Helenius to make sure he was okay and cried at the press conference at the thought of possibly giving Finn permanent damage.
Fury replied to Geordie: “Maybe I’m a bit too smart for him. Maybe he was humiliated by all three I did to the milkman.
“He’s a former King Gypsy player.”
Then Geordie asked, “Do you think you’ve softened him up?
“I feel that way, you know. You never know. One must do what one must do. If that’s what he should do, that’s what he should do.
“Actually, it doesn’t matter what they do, to be fair.”
Wilder vs. Ruiz
Wilder vs Ruiz is on the cards for March 18 next year, judging by the reigning Premier Boxing champions at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
It should be the definitive Pay Per View event in the boxing capital of the world. The winner will win the world cup for the biggest prize in sports.
WBN editor Phil Jay has over a decade of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews, Instagram, and Twitter @world news.