WBA sanc­tions Joshua-Kl­itschko for spring 2017

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has fi­nally sanc­tioned a fight be­tween An­thony Joshua and Wladimir Kl­itschko for its “su­per” heavy­weight ti­tle.

The fight will take place in the spring of 2017, but only if Joshua beats Eric Molina on Dec. 10 in the Bri­tish boxer’s sec­ond de­fense of his IBF ti­tle.

The WBA su­per belt is va­cant af­ter Tyson Fury re­lin­quished it last month, cit­ing “clin­i­cal de­pres­sion.” Fury beat Kl­itschko in Novem­ber last year to take the WBA, IBF and mi­nor WBO ti­tles off the Ukrainian boxer.

“We will now move for­ward with Bernd Boente (Kl­itschko’s man­ager) and Team Kl­itschko in plan­ning the date and venue,” Joshua’s pro­moter, Ed­die Hearn, said on Wed­nes­day, “know­ing that vic­tory against Eric Molina in Manch­ester on Dec. 10 is more im­por­tant than ever.”

The two camps tried to ar­range the Joshua-Kl­itschko fight for De­cem­ber, but that fell through. Hearn blamed con­fu­sion over whether the WBA ti­tle would be on the line.

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