Boxing news: Deontay Wilder takes stand against WBC ‘franchise’ title, welcomes fights with mandatories Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte

6 Nov

Deontay Wilder has made it clear that he is not interested in the WBC’s new ‘franchise’ world title.

In recent months, Canelo Alvarez and Vasyl Lomachenko have been upgraded from being standard WBC world champions and are now in a position where they don’t have to face mandatory challengers and can’t be dethroned by a defeat.

As a result, they are now ‘franchise’ champions while Jermall Charlo and Devin Haney have replaced them as the standard champions.

Deontay Wilder is a proud WBC heavyweight champion

This move from the WBC has caused a great deal of controversy in boxing as many fans disagree with the proliferation of world titles and stunting of mandatory contenders.

There has been much speculation that next in line to receive the ‘franchise’ champion status would be Wilder, as he has held the WBC’s heavyweight belt since January 2015.

However, the American has other ideas and told reporters: “Many people ask me about the ‘franchise’ belt or whatever.

“I don’t know much about it. From what I’m hearing it allows you to stay a champion, you don’t have to fight mandatories and stuff like that.

Canelo Alvarez is now WBC ‘franchise’ middleweight champion, Jermall Charlo has taken the normal middleweight title
Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

“If that’s the case, I’m not interested in that.

“I want the mandatories. That’s what makes the sport, guys working their way up, work hard to become number one and then become a mandatory.

“Why would you crown someone that eliminates all that and you don’t have mandatories and different things like that?

Tyson Fury has been installed as Deontay Wilder’s mandatory, but the pair were due to fight again next year anyway

“I love being able to have a mandatory, him sitting and the more he waits, the more he gets frustrated about certain things.

“And then, when the fight comes, ‘You’ve had me waiting all this time already.’

“It’s always the build-up to the fight, and when you take that away, when you take certain things away from boxing, you take the charisma away from it, you take the excitement away from it.

“And that’s what I don’t wanna do, I don’t wanna take the excitement away from anyone.”

Dillian Whyte holds the WBC ‘interim’ belt, but has had his status suspended by the WBC until his UKAD situation is resolved

This will come as music to the ears of Tyson Fury and more importantly Dillian Whyte, who are set as Wilder’s next two mandatory challengers.

Fury’s already agreed a deal to face Wilder regardless, but Whyte has badly struggled to nail down a fight with the ‘Bronze Bomber’.

As things stand, the ‘Body Snatcher’ still has an ongoing UKAD case which has seen him replaced as the 2020 mandatory by Tyson Fury.

If the Brit’s situation is resolved, he will then become mandatory in 2021.

Wilder insists he is happy to defend his WBC belt against all comers

Wilder concluded: “Hopefully nothing comes my way about a ‘franchise’ belt.

“I don’t have nothing against guys that have taken it. I’m just listening to the fans and I’m listening to my heart as well too.

“I don’t think being a ‘franchise’ champion would fit me.

“If they wanna give someone else that belt over me, I’m fine with that.”

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