Anthony Joshua could possibly be ordered to face Martin Bakole to earn a shot on the WBA world heavyweight title.
Joshua and Bakole are the 2 highest contenders within the WBA rankings and the governing physique will determine whether or not the pair meet in a last eliminator bout, with the winner changing into obligatory challenger for the WBA title which is presently held by Oleksandr Usyk.
The instant plan for Joshua is a combat towards Francis Ngannou, the previous UFC champion, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a reported date of Friday March 8.
A number of weeks earlier, Usyk will defend his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles towards WBC champion Tyson Fury in an undisputed world title combat in Riyadh on February 17.
Boxxer CEO Ben Shalom, who promotes the WBA No 1 ranked Bakole, advised Sky Sports activities: “The WBA might order a last eliminator and we’re ready on course from them.
“The purpose for Martin is to combat early within the 12 months and proceed his spectacular run. I am trying ahead to seeing him totally match, when he’ll look much more devastating.
“In fact Anthony Joshua is No 2 [in the WBA rankings] and so it could make sense that the combat can be ordered – and Martin can be prepared.
“Martin stays probably the most averted heavyweight on this planet and his latest performances have solely added to that.
“We’re trying ahead to a giant 12 months for Martin, who will inevitably combat for world titles within the not so distant future.”
‘I’ve realized learn how to cease Anthony Joshua!’
Bakole has beforehand traded punches with Joshua for quite a few rounds after getting used as a daily sparring associate by the previous unified world champion.
“I realized learn how to cease him,” Bakole advised Sky Sports activities final 12 months.
“Inside he would not wish to be put underneath stress. Joshua, I’ll put him underneath stress and he’ll quit.
“He would not know learn how to combat on the within. So give him stress on the within till he offers up.”