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Former heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua did not rule out a fight with Deontay Wilder in the wake of Wilder’s major upset loss to Joseph Parker.

Saturday night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Wilder suffered a unanimous decision to New Zealand’s Parker in a fight that many expected Wilder to win. The hard-punching American, however, appeared reticent throughout the fight and was tagged with some eye-catching right hands by Parker.

Scores were 118-111, 118-110 and 120-108, all for Parker.

Parker’s win derailed what was reportedly supposed to be a showdown between Wilder and London’s Joshua on March 9 in Riyadh. But that matchup hinged on both fighters coming out victorious in their respective fights on Saturday’s high-profile card.

Joshua (27-3, 24 KOs), for his part, followed through on the agreement, stopping Otto Wallin in five rounds in a dominant showing that had his supporters insisting that their charge was “back.”

Afterward, Joshua left the door open to face Wilder (43-3-1, 42 KOs) in the future—just not in the spring, as anticipated. Joshua believes the fight with Wilder still carries considerable appeal.

“I’m not too sure what can happen from here but I’m sure from a fan perspective they’ll be more annoyed,” Joshua said in the post-fight press conference. “For me I always understand how this game is. You never know. This is elite level boxing. Wilder just came up short but he’ll live to fight another day.

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“Me and him can still get it on, we can still get it crackin’. I believe I’m a massive threat. I still think Wilder is a threat and I still think it does amazing numbers if you get it on. But I’ll leave that down to my management, trainers, promoters, to make the decision. I’m down to fight anyone, whenever and whoever.”

In the post-fight interview after his loss to Parker, Wilder hinted at retiring.

At one point, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder were on top of the boxing world. Both are former heavyweight champions who are ready to return to the top. Joshua will look to do so against Otto Wallin, while Wilder faces Joseph Parker on December 23. Those fights in Saudi Arabia air on DAZN PPV.

Joshua is a former two-time unified heavyweight champion. The Brit is on a two-fight win streak after losing twice to Oleksandr Usyk. His last fight was a knockout win over Robert Helenius. He faces someone in Wallin who almost upset Tyson Fury in 2019. Knowing how unpredictable boxing can be, Joshua is not taking his opponent lightly.

“I’m here to fight, I’m not here to party and get caught up in the glitz and glamour. I want to fight,” Joshua said. “I want to perform well. I put that pressure on myself. Of course I’m tense because I want to perform. I want to win. I’ve got that urge to win. I want to hurt my opponent as well.

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Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder last fought in October 2022 when he knocked out Helenius in the first round. That was his first fight since completing a trilogy against Fury, who fought “The Bronze Bomber” to a draw before stopping him twice. He competes for the first time in over 400 days against Parker, a former WBO heavyweight champion who has already won three fights in 2023. With over 40 wins via knockout, Wilder looks to add Parker to his list.

“I’m looking forward to letting him do the little hula-hoop dance after I punch him. I wanna knock him out of the ring,” Wilder told The Sporting News. “I’ve never knocked a man out of the ring. I wanna knock him out of the ring, but I don’t want nobody to hold him when he falls out. I want him to fall straight on the floor, on the ground, with his arm folded out, looking up into the sky, in la-la land, as if he’s on mushrooms.”

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Joshua and Wilder signed to face off in March 2024 if they both win their fights. It is a match years in the making, as the two have been rumored to fight since around 2017.

The Sporting News looks into how much Joshua and Wilder could make at the Day of Reckoning show, their purse history, as well as what they could make if they fight one another in 2024.

Both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are boxing on Saturday against different opponents, with the expectation that they will fight next year; “That’s the biggest fight in the world,” Wilder said. “Now the moment has come where it’s the closest that it’s ever been in history right now”

Deontay Wilder is “looking through” Joseph Parker to a potential fight with Anthony Joshua that looms ahead of him for 2024.

Both Joshua and Wilder are boxing on the same bill on Saturday against different opponents, with the expectation that they will finally fight in Saudi Arabia next year.

“That’s the biggest fight in the world,” Wilder told Sky Sports. “Now the moment has come where it’s the closest that it’s ever been in history right now. The closest that it’s ever been.

“I’m excited to say that. I’m not 100 percent sure that it’s going to happen. There’s a lot of things that has gone on, a lot of things that has been done.

“You can’t be 100 percent until that bell rings and that first punch has been thrown.”

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Wilder and Joshua have been linked for much of their professional careers, with substantive talks for a fight taking place as far back as 2018 when the pair held all four of the major world titles between them.

“It’s been that way for a very long time. That fight, it’s a situation where it’s been hot and cold and every time the talks happened, it always gets back hot and then somehow it would die back down, it don’t happen,” Wilder said.

“If I said I wasn’t frustrated I would be lying. It definitely has been a frustrating time and moment for me.

He claimed: “In my eyes you’ve got one fighter that really, really wants it and then on the other side you’ve got another fighter that don’t want it equally as bad as the other.”

Wilder though insists it won’t be distraction ahead of his fight with Joseph Parker that is happening this Saturday.

“You definitely don’t want to take anyone for granted. You don’t want to look past anyone. I’m not looking past Joseph. There are a lot of talks about other things that’s not related to him and I want people to understand I’m not looking past him,” the American said.

“Sometimes it’s okay to look through a fighter. It’s just like window shopping you’re going to the mall and you see that nice outfit or shoes or anything that you want, you’re just window shopping right until it’s time to be able to get it.

“So I’m window shopping but I’m not looking past him.

“Right now it’s about Joseph Parker and me getting him out the way and then we’ll see what happens from that point on.”

Heavyweight sluggers Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are set to face different opponents on Saturday at the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night in Saudi Arabia, but they reportedly finally agreed to fight each other.

According to boxing insider Dan Rafael, Joshua and Wilder have agreed to “all terms” on a two-fight deal, and they’re expected to sign the contracts ahead of Saturday’s event.

Rafael added that “the outline of a deal, including the financial terms” for a mega fight between Joshua and Wilder on March 9 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was “agreed to more than a week ago.” However, “there were still a variety of open issues.”

The two fighters came to terms after a meeting with officials from Riyadh Season, which has bankrolled the major fights in Saudi Arabia. It was noted that their fight is contingent upon both of them winning their respective bouts at Day of Reckoning.

Joshua will be facing Otto Wallin and Wilder will be facing Joseph Parker in the headlining bouts of Saturday’s fight card. Joshua will be seeking his third win of the year after his wins over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius, the latter of which came by seventh-round knockout. Wilder hasn’t fought in 14 months, last defeating Helenius by first-round knockout in October 2022.

Wilder and Joshua have been circling each other for quite some time, and they’ve even taken shots at each other in the buildup to Saturday’s event instead of focusing on their opponents. Wilder called Joshua “a nervous wreck” after they were near one another at a recent press conference.

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“For me, he was all nervous,” Wilder said. “Nerves when it comes to me, because they don’t know how I am. They don’t know how I am in different situations, so when I came in that relaxed manner it really shocked him. And it shocked a lot of people.”

However, Wilder went on to add that he wishes success for Joshua because he knows the bigger fight is on the horizon.

“He’s got to get Wallin out the way and I’ve got to get Parker out the way and may God be with us in those fights and when we come out safe we let the big games begin,” Wilder said.

Anthony Joshua will snub a world title fight in order to fight Deontay Wilder.

Joshua’s reign as world champion was ended by Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 when he lost his belts to Oleksandr Usyk. The Brit was also beaten in the rematch before going on to halt his slide with victories over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius this year.

Joshua will face Otto Wallin in Saudi Arabia two days before Christmas on the same card as Wilder’s fight with Joseph Parker. Assuming Joshua and Wilder win, they are set to meet in the new year in a fight which has been years in the making.

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Meanwhile, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will meet for all four belts in February with the winner then being forced to give up at least one title due to a slew of mandatory challengers. Joshua could, therefore, opt to face Filip Hrgovic for the vacant IBF title – but promoter Eddie Hearn insists his charge wants to face Wilder.

“It’s very likely that after Fury-Usyk, if that happens, the belts will fragment, particularly the IBF,” he told Boxing Social. “If that fragments and Joshua beats Wallin on December 23, it would be Hrgovic against Joshua, but by then it’s very likely that Joshua-Wilder could be contracted and probably will be contracted.

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“We won’t be able to U-turn at that point, we’re full steam ahead trying to make the Wilder fight and a WBC final eliminator, if that’s what it’s called, but I’d just call it the biggest fight in boxing. When that fight happens, and the only way that fight happens is if they both win on December 23 on the same card, if they do win on the same card on the same night, that fight is the biggest fight in boxing.”

Joshua, meanwhile, sees his fight with Wallin as a stepping stone back to the top. “I’m looking forward to delivering my message to Otto Wallin on December 23,” he said. “I can’t predict the future but I know what I want to do. I believe I’m going to be three-time heavyweight champion and the first step is to put a demolition job on Otto Wallin.

“It’s going to be a really good time to go to Saudi. It’s going to be big, we haven’t seen a card like this before. This is not a one-stop shop. This is a vision, this is my first stop and I will deliver the message. I’m determined to win and get back to my peak.”

The Day of Reckoning card in Saudi Arabia on December 23 will feature the likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Daniel Dubois and two world title fights – or at least that was the plan.

Fans were initially disappointed that Joshua and Wilder would fight different opponents on the night, their long-awaited clash still being kicked down the road.

However, solid match-ups in the form of Otto Wallin for ‘AJ’ and Joseph Parker for Wilder did a little to curb the disappointment, as did the introduction of some other huge names in the sport.

Only two fights set for the card were not to take place in the heavyweight division – Dmitry Bivol defending his WBC Light-Heavyweight World title against Lyndon Arthur and Aussie sensation Jai Opetaia putting his IBF Cruiserweight strap on the line against Ellis Zorro.

Ben Damon of Fox Sports Australia is now reporting that the IBF has decided Opetaia will be stripped of his belt should he go ahead with that fight against the unranked Zorro.

As per the news, the sanctioning body says Opetaia must face his mandatory challenger, Mairis Briedis, next – the man who he won the IBF title from back in July of 2022 in a twelve-round war.

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It leaves the champion in a predicament. He has made no secret of looking to unify the cruiserweight division and losing his one belt will set that back some way, but an appearance on a card of this magnitude can do wonders for his marketability in the future.

Whether or not his team can discuss the decision with the IBF and Briedis’ side remains to be seen, but there’s little time to do it.

UPDATE: Eddie Hearn has since confirmed to Boxing Social that the fight will go ahead as planned without Opetaia’s belt, but expressed frustration at the IBF and claimed an agreement for the Briedis fight was already in place for February.

The Day of Reckoning card in Saudi Arabia on December 23 will feature the likes of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Daniel Dubois and two world title fights – or at least that was the plan.

Fans were initially disappointed that Joshua and Wilder would fight different opponents on the night, their long-awaited clash still being kicked down the road.

However, solid match-ups in the form of Otto Wallin for ‘AJ’ and Joseph Parker for Wilder did a little to curb the disappointment, as did the introduction of some other huge names in the sport.

Only two fights set for the card were not to take place in the heavyweight division – Dmitry Bivol defending his WBC Light-Heavyweight World title against Lyndon Arthur and Aussie sensation Jai Opetaia putting his IBF Cruiserweight strap on the line against Ellis Zorro.

Ben Damon of Fox Sports Australia is now reporting that the IBF has decided Opetaia will be stripped of his belt should he go ahead with that fight against the unranked Zorro.

As per the news, the sanctioning body says Opetaia must face his mandatory challenger, Mairis Briedis, next – the man who he won the IBF title from back in July of 2022 in a twelve-round war.

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It leaves the champion in a predicament. He has made no secret of looking to unify the cruiserweight division and losing his one belt will set that back some way, but an appearance on a card of this magnitude can do wonders for his marketability in the future.

Whether or not his team can discuss the decision with the IBF and Briedis’ side remains to be seen, but there’s little time to do it.

UPDATE: Eddie Hearn has since confirmed to Boxing Social that the fight will go ahead as planned without Opetaia’s belt, but expressed frustration at the IBF and claimed an agreement for the Briedis fight was already in place for February.

Both are former world champions who held belts at the same time for a number of years, but they never managed to sign for a unification fight with each blaming the other for the break down in negotiations.

On December 23 in Saudi Arabia, they will come closer than ever, fighting on the same huge card. Wilder is set to face Joseph Parker, and Joshua squares off with Otto Wallin.

Should both win, the WBC has said they could well be told to fight each other in order to sort out a mandatory challenger to the winner of the undisputed fight between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury on February 17.

Speaking on The Last Stand, Wilder was as confident as ever, claiming that ‘AJ’ wasn’t a. true champion because he was carefully moved through the ranks.

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He went on to speculate about Joshua getting advantages on the way up that he never had.

Anthony Joshua will fight Otto Wallin in Saudi Arabia on 23 December, on the same card as a bout between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.

The fights are just two of several heavyweight clashes that will take place in the same ring in Riyadh, with Daniel Dubois and Filip Hrgovic among the other boxers in action that night, while light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol is also set to compete. The event was officially announced at a press conference in London on Wednesday.

Joshua, 34, and Wilder, 38, have long been linked to one another, and there will inevitably be frustration among fans that the Briton and American will share a ring on 23 December but without boxing each other.

Joshua will instead box Wallin, whose sole professional loss came against Tyson Fury in 2019. The Swede, 32, almost secured a victory that night after inflicting a severe cut over Fury’s right eye. Wallin has since won six fights in a row, and his professional record stands at 26-1 (14 knockouts).

Meanwhile, Wilder will fight Joseph Parker (33-3, 23 KOs), a teammate of Fury. The New Zealander is on a three-fight win streak, having bounced back well from a stoppage loss to Joe Joyce last year.

Joshua (26-3, 23 KOs) and Wilder (43-2-1, 32 KOs) both beat Robert Helenius last time out, with “AJ” stopping the Finn in Round 7 in August, after Wilder secured a first-round knockout in October 2022.

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Joshua’s victory over Helenius was his second straight win after his back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk, who took the unified heavyweight titles from AJ in 2021 and retained the gold in their 2022 rematch. Meanwhile, Wilder’s win against Helenius saw him respond positively to back-to-back defeats by Tyson Fury, who won the WBC belt from Wilder in 2020 and retained it against the American in 2021. The pair previously fought to a controversial draw in 2018.

“People are talking like I’ve peaked when they’ve never even seen a peak in their career, so I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Joshua said, referring to comments made by Wallin, whom he beat twice in the amateurs and with whom he later sparred.

“I’m looking forward to relaying my message to Otto Wallin on 23 December. I can’t predict the future, but I know where I wanna go, I know what I wanna do, and I’m sticking to my plan.

“I’m a man of my word, and I believe in being a three-time champion of the world. This is what I like about the division: there’s a roadmap with checkpoints, and I can’t wait to get to the final destination. I’m fully focused on this fight, I’m determined to win, and I’m determined to get back to my ‘peak’.”

Meanwhile, Wilder said: “Parker’s good at the end of the day, I think highly of him. He’s an amazing human being as a man, he’s a great fighter as well. It’s gonna be a remarkable feeling to finally share the ring with him.

“The blessing is I have the ability to knock a single man out with one punch. This is something that’s been with me all my life, it’s not something I’ve developed. The curse is that it’s allowed people to shy away from me, to be fearful. Sometimes that can be harmful to the business of boxing.”

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When asked whether any other fighter on the stage had ever “shied away” from fighting him, Wilder said: “I don’t really have to say much, y’all have heard me many times throughout the years. I don’t feel the need to call out any names. At this time, my mind is focused solely on Joseph Parker.

“It’s good to be in the same room [as Joshua], to see him face to face, it’s been a long time coming. I wish you nothing but the best, bro, and hopefully we can get in the ring some time soon.”

Elsewhere on the 23 December card, Dubois will box Jarrell Miller, while Hrgovic fights Mark De Mori. Bivol will defend his WBA light-heavyweight title against Lyndon Arthur, and also in that division, Jai Opetaia fights Ellis Zorro. Meanwhile, Frank Sanchez will go up against Junior Fa at heavyweight, where Arslanbek Makhmudov boxes Agit Kabayel.

Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch is backing Deontay Wilder to blast out Anthony Joshua in a single round.

The two former world champions will appear on the same card on December 23rd in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua will appear in the main event against top contender Otto Wallin, while Wilder will face former champion Joseph Parker in the co-main.

Should Joshua and Wilder prevail in their respective fights, there is a good chance of them colliding in the ring in the first half of 2024.

While Froch believes Wilder will take Joshua down in one, he also believes the British star is capable of winning that fight if he abandons his current style of fighting in a more cautious manner.

“Deontay Wilder knocks him spark out in one round, I’ve always said that and I still think it is true. Wilder would come out in the first round looking for AJ, who is tentative at the best of times, but he is now afraid of his own shadow these days. I think Wilder catches him with a bomb that lands on his chin and he goes down and just does not get up,” Froch told the In The Zone podcast.

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“Whether he can get up or not, he won’t want to. That’s the reason these two aren’t fighting now, because if that happens his career is over and the curtain comes down for good. However, if he gets his head right, he can definitely win that fight!

“He’s with Ben Davison now as his trainer, Rob McCracken should be his trainer because he would get his head right for that fight, but the respect has gone now so they will never get back together again.

“The old AJ that brawled with Dillian Whyte, knocked out Wladimir Klitschko after getting knocked down and busted up Carlos Takam after getting his nose butted can definitely win that fight and do a job there because Deontay Wilder and AJ has got the Olympic pedigree so he can go and outbox him.”