Joshua: WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder ‘is a must’​
By Neel Khagram

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder “is a must.”

The American ‘Bronze Bomber’ currently holds the heavyweight world title under Sulaiman’s convention, whilst ‘AJ’ has the IBF, WBA ‘super’ and IBO in his possession after sensationally knocking out Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.

British duo Dilliain Whyte and Tony Bellew have been mooted as potential opponents for Wilder, but Sulaiman is keen for the heavyweight division to hold its first unification bout since 2011 and for the 31-year-old to fight Joshua.

"Wilder and Joshua is a must,” Sulaiman told ESPN.

“I think the world be waiting for that fight and I don't see anyone beating either of them.

“I believe it's a must that we have more unification fights in boxing because there are so many champions, a good champion can run out of contenders.”

Both fighters have obligations to get through before a potential fight can be agreed, with Joshua either fighting Klitschko next in a rematch or IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.  Sulamiman also confirmed Bermane Stiveren as Wilder’s mandatory.

However, the WBC President is hopeful that a fight can be agreed in the near future so long as both fighters come through unscathed in their respective fights.

"Wilder has a mandatory and we are looking into that as we speak,” Sulamiman said. Bermane Stiverne is the mandatory.”

"We are all for it [Wilder against Joshua]. If both fighters are available for that unification we will be in complete support of seeing it."
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Conor McGregor ‘100 per cent believes he's going to win’ says trainer Owen Roddy
By Neel Khagram

Conor McGregor’s trainer says the fighter and team believe they will beat Floyd Mayweather.

The ‘Notorious MMA’ will make his boxing debut against the unbeaten 40-year-old on August 26, and Owen Roddy, a lead member in McGregor’s corner feels the Irishman can repeat his MMA achievements and cause an upset on the night.

“He 100 per cent believes he's going to win and we believe he's going to win," Roddy told The MMA Hour.

"On paper it's a tall task but if anybody can do it Conor can. He shocks the world every time. Every time he fights he's doubted, and people are like 'he can't do this, he can't do that' but believe me, I think he's going to do it."

Mayweather will be making his first appearance since September 2015 when he outpointed Andre Berto and equalled Rocky Marciano’s 49 fight unbeaten record. In this streak he has also defeated several high calibre southpaws, including former world champions Zab Judah and Victor Ortiz.

But Roddy feels the left handed stance which McGregor fights out of is an advantage for them, having identified areas of weakness in past Mayweather performances against similar opponents.

"We've looked at all the southpaw fights obviously, and this is no breaking news or anything, everybody knows that he struggles a bit more with the southpaws,’’ he said.

"Obviously Conor being a tall rangy southpaw, we believe that there is shots that can land.

"We have a game plan and I think Conor can go in and execute, and if he does, I think we can cause the upset.”
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