Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury bout could be relegated to a non-title fight if the latter refuses to commit to the WBC’s Clean Boxing Program.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says Fury must enrol by end of the week or else WBC heavyweight title scheduled for December 1 at the Staples Centre will be relegated to a non title fight.
WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman claims that Fury has signalled his intent to commit to the programme,
with The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) also waiting for confirmation.
In addition, Sulaiman has stated that it is only paperwork holding up the procedure which he insists
has to be completed by the end of the week to allow the bout to go ahead as a title fight.
‘Fury is not enrolled with the WBC Clean Boxing Program and he promised me personally, and even on
Twitter, that he was enrolling. If he doesn’t, the fight with Wilder will not be for the WBC title,’
Sulaiman told Boxing News.
‘I have been in touch with Fury and his trainer [Ben Davison] and they tell me it is just a matter of
paperwork. They have the papers, they say.
‘I don’t want to put a deadline on it that it is not reasonable but it has to happen this week. That is
plenty of time. If I don’t get those papers, the WBC will not sanction the fight.’
Introduced in 2016, it is administered by VADA after they joined forces with the WBC.
Its main goal, aside from testing, which can be random and out of competition, is to educate the
athletes on the danger and disadvantages that doping can bring to their present and future wellbeing.
Fury failed a test for steroid nandrolone in 2015 and was handed a backdated ban that ran its course in
2017, while he has admitted to using cocaine in the past.
However any drug testing from now is already likely to be too late to prove effective given the few
weeks until the fight takes place.
Wilder accused Fury of being nervous in a press conference ahead of the fight as the Manchester boxer
taunted the American over his appearance and skinny stature.
That led to Fury pushing Wilder and as the champion attempted to launch back, with the security staff
between them, the Brit shadow boxed and shouted: ‘Any time of day, seven days a week, twice on Sunday.
Bring it on, you big s***house.