After the retirement of Wladimir Klitschko, both the WBA and IBF are now wanting world champion Anthony Joshua to face his mandatories.
Joshua was due to face Klitschko in Vegas in November, but, now has been ordered by the WBA to face Luis Ortiz who is the mandatory challenger to the title.
However, the IBF have been wanting Joshua to face their mandatory Kubrat Pulev by December 2nd or there is a risk that the belt could be taken away from the British heavyweight.
Speaking to Boxingscene, Ortiz’s manager Jay Jimenez, believes he can fill the Vegas void.
We are next.
We have no problem fighting on that date of November 11th in Las Vegas.
Our mandatory takes precedent over Pulev’s and they know that.
There is also now the possibility that Joshua’s next fight could now take place at in England.
Joshua still has two belts to win in order to completely unify the world titles, the WBO belt is currently held by Joseph Parker while the WBC belt is held by Deontay Wilder.