Boxing News At Five | Dec 12 2019

Boxing News at Five: Joshua is ordered to defend WBO belt against Usyk, Warren says Ruiz brought “disgrace to himself and the sport”

Oleksandr Usyk and Kubrat Pulev are battling to become Anthony Joshua's next challenger, and Frank Warren opens fire on Andy Ruiz Jnr
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BACK on top of the world, WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua now has a choice to make.

Just days after winning back all he had lost in June, Joshua is in danger of losing one of the world titles he owns because mandatory challengers are knocking at his door and sanctioning bodies want their sanctioning fees. In short, the WBO want him to fight Oleksandr Usyk, their number one contender, while the IBF want him to fight Kubrat Pulev, their number one contender.

Unfortunately, because Joshua can’t be in two places at the same time, nor successfully clone himself, the likelihood is that he will be able to fulfil only one of these obligations. And if an agreement can’t be reached, if more time can’t be bought, he will presumably be stripped of one of the belts or have to vacate, thus making a complicated and splintered division even more complicated and splintered.  


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