Miami, FL, USA (October 15, 2023) - Frank Sanchez, the undefeated Top Heavyweight contender, is growing impatient with the wait for his title shot. Despite having fought twice this year, he faced underdog opponents to keep active while awaiting a championship opportunity. Currently ranked third by the WBO, fourth by the WBC, fifth by the IBF, and 15th by the WBA, Sanchez is eager to step up his competition.
With Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk potentially engaged in two title unification bouts, including Fury's upcoming exhibition match on October 28, Sanchez is now eyeing a matchup with former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder's much-anticipated showdown with Anthony Joshua seems to be in limbo due to the need for substantial financial backing from Saudi Arabian investors. Furthermore, Andy Ruiz Jr. priced himself out of a pay-per-view fight with Wilder, leaving the American heavyweight in search of a credible opponent for his return to the ring.
Sanchez expressed his desire for the fight, stating, "It will be a year before Tyson Fury and Usyk have two fights, and this is too long to wait for a championship fight. So, the next best thing would be Deontay Wilder."
The 31-year-old Cuban fighter had originally aspired to challenge Oleksandr Usyk for his WBO belt, as he is the highest-ranked contender in that organization. He even offered to face the American knockout artist Jared Anderson 16-0 (15 KOs) when Anderson moved ahead of him in the recent WBO rankings.
However, Sanchez stated that Anderson was not interested in the fight, and the WBO had denied his request to set up the match. This leaves Sanchez looking to secure a fight with Deontay Wilder, whom he believes will be a more attainable opponent compared to Andy Ruiz Jr., who is reportedly demanding a high purse.
Deontay Wilder 43-2-1, (42 KOs), who will celebrate his 38th birthday on October 22, has not fought since his first-round knockout of Finland's Robert Helenius 32-5 (21 KOs) on October 15 last year at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. His team has been actively seeking a lucrative bout with Joshua but must now explore other options.
Sanchez's most recent victory came when he stopped Scott Alexander 17-6-2 (9 KOs) in the fourth round of their scheduled 10-round bout on September 30.
Sanchez expressed his respect for Wilder's abilities, believing that a fight between them would garner interest from boxing fans. He's prepared to be reasonable with the financial terms, confident in his ability to secure a victory.
As Sanchez awaits his next opportunity, he remains focused and ready for whatever the future holds in the world of Top Heavyweight Boxing.