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Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight looking to land mandatory position to Anthony Joshua WBO belt

Published On Monday, April 13, 2020By British Boxing News

Sanchez could seek eliminator fight for unified champion's WBO belt

'The Cuban Flash' Frank Sanchez Faure (15-0, 11KOs) wants to land the mandatory postion to Anthony Joshua's WBO title, says manager Mike Borao.

Guantanamo's Sanchez wants to line up his shot at Anthony Joshua's WBO heavyweight title after the Cuban danger man burst into the top 10 of the World Bocing Organisation's rankings.

The 27-year-old defeated Joey Dawejko on points to bring up his record to 15-0 last month and could seek an eliminator fight to quicken his pursuit of the WBO belt, currently held by Joshua, who also possesses the WBA 'super' and IBF titles.

Britain's unified champion has already been ordered to fit a WBO defence against Oleksandr Usyk into his plans, but Sanchez's manager Mike Borao has questioned whether Joshua will be able to fulfil his WBO commitments.

"Just a guess, but I think Usyk ends up winning a vacated WBO heavyweight title within the next 12 months," Borao told Sky Sports.

"Frank is in good position to fight for the WBO championship, in the event that occurs.

"I believe Frank Sanchez versus WBO No.6 Junior Fa or No.7 Michael Hunter would make sense.

"Once the boxing world gets back on track, we will try and face one of those younger, top 10 type guys in order to solidify a world title opportunity."

A talented amateur, Sanchez won five Cuban national titles and participated in the competitive World Series Boxing. His previous three fights have all been 10-round title contests, firstly claiming th vacant WBO NABO title in August 2019 with a fourth-round stoppage victory, then a shutout points decision less than two months later for the same title, culminating in another landslide points decision in March this year for the vacant WBC Continental crown.

Rival contender Junior Fa has been named as a possible next opponent for fellow New Zealander, Joseph Parker, who is sitting at No.2 in the WBO rankings, but American Michael Hunter is yet to return to the ring after battling to a draw with Alexander Povetkin in December.

Joshua was ordered to make title defences against Kubrat Pulev and Usyk, his IBF and WBO mandatory challengers, but opted to face the Bulgarian first, while the Ukrainian agreed to wait his turn and battle Derek Chisora instead, with both fights set to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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