Anthony Joshua ordered to make WBO mandatory title defense after Povetkin fight.
The WBO has yet to appoint a mandatory challenger for Joshua’s title. However, they did inform him he’d have to make a title defense within 180 days after his fight with Povetkin.
This news could potentially set up a rematch between himself and Dillian Whyte who’s ranked number 2 in the rankings by the WBO. The two men met each other two years ago in a grudge match that saw Whyte stopped in seven rounds.
Whyte is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over former WBO champion Joesph Parker. He has longed for a rematch against his amateur rival. This news has to be music to his ears.
However, with the majority of fans only wanting to see Joshua in a unification bout with Deontay Wilder next, Whyte may have to wait.
Wilder, for his part, may be in a major fight next. An announcement of a Tyson Fury clash is expected if Fury defeats Francisco Pianeta August 18.
There are a lot of moving parts involved, so patience will be the key. However, if Joshua and Wilder come out of their fights victorious and can reach an agreement, the WBO will most likely approve the high stakes unification bout.
3kingsboxing.com will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher