Twice world champion Anthony Joshua has entered the WBC heavyweight rankings ahead of a possible all-British showdown with champion Tyson Fury.
The British-Nigerian is placed sixth after consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, who retained the WBA, IBF and WBO titles by split decision in last month’s rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Fury, who knocked out Dillian Whyte at Wembley in April, was open to an undisputed showdown against Usyk before learning that the Ukrainian would not be ready to box again until 2023.
He has since taken to social media to call out Joshua, offering the 32-year-old a 60-40 scholarship to a fight that should have happened in August 2021 before an arbitration judge ruled that Deontay Wilder was entitled to a third fight with Fury.
Joshua’s team confirmed on Tuesday that they had accepted the terms laid out by Fury’s team ahead of a possible all-British superfight on December 3.
The statement read: “258 and @MatchromBoxing can confirm on behalf of @anthonyjoshua that we have accepted all terms submitted to us by Fury’s team for a fight on December 3rd last Friday.
“Due to the death of the Queen, it has been agreed to stop all communication.
“We are waiting for a response.”
Joshua’s entry into the top 15 as a former world champion meets the WBC criteria for a champion for Fury to defend his titles in either a voluntary or mandatory defense.
There is currently no mandatory challenger to beat Fury, with Wilder No.1 in the ratings for his eliminator against Robert Helenius in October and Andy Ruiz No.2 following his recent win over Luis Ortiz in their eliminator.
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