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WBA granted Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko as part of heavyweight tournament

Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko
Image: IBF champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will also battle for WBA 'super' belt at Wembley

The WBA has revealed how Anthony Joshua's Wembley fight with Wladimir Klitschko fits into its plans to establish one heavyweight champion.

Joshua defends his IBF heavyweight title against Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and the vacant WBA 'super' title is also at stake.

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The WBA's attempts to create one title holder were derailed last year, with Lucas Browne testing positive for a banned substance shortly after winning the 'regular' title, while Tyson Fury relinquished the 'super' title to focus on problems outside the ring.

Luis Ortiz
Image: Luis Ortiz lies in wait for the winner of Joshua-Klitschko

WBA president Gilberto Mendoza still intends to crown one dominant champion and has planned a six-man tournament, which will see Luis Ortiz fight the winner of Joshua-Klitschko for the 'super' title, while Alexander Ustinov has been lined up to face either Shannon Briggs or Fres Oquendo when they battle for the 'regular' belt.

At some point in time, I will have the two winners of those two brackets facing each other in order to have one champion.
Gilberto Mendoza

"After a lot of thinking, we thought that the condition to the winner of Joshua and Klitschko - two boxers that deserve to fight for a 'super' championship - will get to fight Ortiz," Mendoza told Sky Sports.

"On the other side, you have Briggs fighting Oquendo and the winner will fight Ustinov. At some point in time, I will have the two winners of those two brackets facing each other in order to have one champion."

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  Shannon Briggs celebrates victory over Emilio Ezequiel Zarate during a Heavyweight contest at The O2 Arena on May 21, 2016 in Lo
Image: Shannon Briggs will battle Fres Oquendo for 'regular' title, with date and venue to be decided

The postponement of fights has delayed the WBA's plans in the heavyweight division and Mendoza admits it could take time to recognise a solitary title holder.

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"It has been a long road in order to have certain fights happen," said Mendoza. "At least I expect that Joshua and Klitschko happen and Briggs-Oquendo happen.

Alexander Ustinov
Image: Alexander Ustinov will be the mandatory challenger for the Briggs-Oquendo winner

"After that, we will have mandatories for each one. Ortiz on one side, and the other we are talking about Ustinov.

"The ideal scenario for the WBA would be to make the winners of those fights face each other immediately and the winner would have a lot of time to defend against another mandatory. But I don't want to jump on it, because you never know.

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