The World Boxing Council president has revealed that he would ‘love’ to see Anthony Joshua and organisation champion Deontay Wilder meet in the ring.

Negotiations to set up a division-unifying fight between the pair this year proved to be impossible, and the WBA moved to force Joshua into facing mandatory challenger and world number three Alexander Povetkin this autumn.

With another date booked in for Joshua at Wembley next year, an opponent for the April 2019 clash has yet to be announced – with Wilder the presumed favourite to take the spot.

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Logistically, the WBC would allow their champion to take the fight as well.

Organisation president Mauricio Sulaiman said:

The WBC has done everything possible to see this great fight happen,

I will be thrilled to see it happen, which is a must as that is what the fans of the world want.

A bout between Tyson Fury and Wilder is reported by both camps to be “99 percent done”, but with no request from the Bronze Bomber to fight the Gypsy King having been submitted to the WBC – that remaining one percent appears to be rather large.