The World Boxing Association has decided to delay their ruling whether to sanction the December 10 fight between IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko until Friday afternoon. They initially had planned on revealing their decision on Thursday. However, they reportedly had other matters on their plate, and decided to push their final decision on the Joshua-Klitschko fight until Friday.
For the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight to take place on December 10, it’ll require that the WBA sanction the fight. Wladimir won’t take the fight unless they do, as he wants to fight for more than one title. He doesn’t want to fight Joshua for just his International Boxing Federation title. If the WBA chooses not to sanction the fight, then Wladimir is prepared to fight former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne on December 10 in Hamburg, Germany for the vacant WBA belt.
It’s a win-win fight for Wladiimir, because it’s unquestionably the easier fight for Wladimir, and I’ll give him a great chance of winning the WBA title the easy way. Once Wladimir has the WBA strap in his possession, then he can face Joshua in a unification fight in 2017.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants Wladimir to take the fight against AJ rather than take what he calls a “soft opponent” for his next fight. Of course, it makes sense for Hearn to want the fight between Joshua and Klitschko to take place now rather than later, because if favors Joshua. The venue would be in the UK, the purse split would benefit Joshua as well, because Wladimir would be the challenger rather than a champion.
Then there’s the fact that Wladimir hasn’t fought since last year in his 12 round decision loss to Tyson Fury. The chances are high that Wladimir will be very rusty from having been out of the ring for a year. It’s in Hearn and Joshua’s best interest for Wladimir to fight them RIGHT NOW rather than after he wins the WBA title against Browne and gets the rust off.
Hearn might not get his way when it comes to the venue for the Joshua0Klitschko fight once Wladimir wins the WBA belt. Instead of the fight taking place in the UK, Joshua and Hearn might need to come over to Germany or the U.S if they want the fight, because they’ll no longer be in the position of power in the negotiations.
Wladimir has other options than to fight Joshua, and it won’t be surprising if he takes the Browne fight anyway even if the WBA does choose to sanction the Joshua fight.
If Wladimir faces Browne, then Joshua could fight someone like David Price. He’s offered himself as a replacement opponent for Wladimir, and he feels he’ll KO Joshua. It’s not a great fight, but it would at least give Joshua and Hearn the chance of facing a guy that is recognizable to the British boxing fans.