The WBC has ruled to support an ‘ultimate heavyweight fight’ between Anthony Joshua and the winner of Deontay Wilder’s WBC title clash with Tyson Fury.

WBC champion Wilder opted to fight Fury in Los Angeles on December 1 after he was unable to agree a blockbuster bout against Joshua, the WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO title holder.

A Wilder-Fury rematch could potentially delay the Joshua fight even further, but WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman still wants a WBC champion to battle for the right to become the undisputed king of the top division.

MEANWHILE, Tyson Fury must enrol in the WBC clean boxing programme this week if he wants to fight for Deontay Wilder’s world title, says WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

WBC champion Wilder has announced he will make his next title defence against Fury in Los Angeles on December 1, but the governing body are yet to sanction the heavyweight showdown.

Sulaiman is hopeful the ‘Gypsy King’ will sign up and accept out of competition drug testing but made it clear he needs to do it in the next seven days, or he will not win the WBC title, even if he beats Wilder.