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WBC prez proposes heavyweight title tournament in the wake of Tyson Fury’s possible retirement

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One of the biggest questions in the modern pro boxing scene is the future of the reigning WBC heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury, and while the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman doesn’t want Fury to hasten on making a decision, he has a proposal on what happens after the Briton vacates his title- a tourney to determine the next champion.

After marking a 6th round TKO victory over interim champion Dillian Whyte on 23rd April at the Wembley Stadium in London, Tyson Fury opened up about the possibilities of hanging up his gloves and coming to a sublime conclusion to his decorated pro boxing career that spun over 14 years.

Sulaiman picks former champ Deontay Wilder as the No. 1 contender for the WBC belt

While Mauricio Sulaiman doesn’t want to press Fury into making a decision about his future and gives full support to any decision “The Gypsy King” takes, if the Briton does quit the sport, the WBC prez has the one fighter in mind in contention for the vacant green and gold belt- Deontay Wilder.

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“I just received a very beautiful video from Tyson with his father and his family while on vacation. We spoke and we’re going to be speaking in the near future,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports, “We will give him the time he needs. I do not like to speculate. I would rather wait to give him his due time for his holiday. The WBC will certainly support him, whatever he decides.”

“If he thinks its time to hang up the gloves, enjoy life and be a successful family man and have a great future, we will support him. If he decides to continue fighting, we will support him.”

“Certainly,” Sulaiman went on about Wilder being in line to fight for the WBC belt following Fury’s retirement, “Because he is the No 1-ranked contender in the division. I spoke to him a couple of months ago, he is doing great, and he is looking forward to resuming his boxing career.”

While the council waits for Fury to make a decision, Sulaiman proposed organizing a boxing tournament to determine the next heavyweight champion.

“We have one year to have the next mandatory fight. At this moment, we will wait for the decision of Tyson Fury, and then we will either do a series of fights – a boxing tournament – going into a final elimination, but at this time, we’re going to wait because we don’t know the specific circumstances,” the prez added.

What do you think of Mauricio Sulaiman’s proposal of a tournament if the WBC title becomes vacant? Let us know in the comments.

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