WBC sanctions Wilder v Fury fight

Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told ESPN on Sunday that he was not aware that Fury had not yet enrolled in the program; he said he would get in touch with Fury and his team immediately, and that if Fury did not enroll, the fight would not be sanctioned by the WBC.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), who is scheduled to fight Tyson Fury in Los Angeles on December 1, labelled Joshua a "coward" at a news conference on Monday for failing to secure a bout between them.

The impact of this decision by the WBC president is that the bout will be relegated to a non-title fight; hence, if Fury defeats Wilder, he will not win the WBC strap save he enrolls for the programme.

In February 2017, Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) was scheduled to defend his title against Andrzej Wawrzyk, but the Polish product also failed a VADA test and was replaced on short notice by Gerald Washington. "As soon as I found out that Fury sent in his forms, I sent Margaret an email and we will talk about getting the program set up".

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When made aware of the fact that Fury had not enrolled in the testing program, Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder's managers, said he looked into it.

The voluntary enrolment means fighters can be tested outside the competition timescale and boxers can also take part in an awareness programme "to educate and prevent boxers about the dangers of substances and the tragic effects that they can lead to". I'm sorry to tell you that'. I'm going to reach out to him, because there has to be testing for the fight, out of competition.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn and his father Barry want the agreement in place before Wilder faces Fury.

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