AJ Vs. Wallin, Wilder Vs. Parker Lined Up
In today’s boxing news, Anthony Joshua is line to face Otto Wallin, while Deontay Wilder has been earmarked as an opponent for Joseph Parker.
The news arrives in the aftermath of reports that Wilder and Joshua will be on the same card in Saudi Arabia on December 23rd, 2023. But in doing so, they would not be headlining the main event.
The news did come out of the blue, given that Wilder and Joshua’s attempts at securing a fight in Saudi had failed after Skills Challenge Entertainment could not deliver on the fight.
In response, other venues were being considered but this was to no avail. But now it appears that Wilder and Joshua could make a statement in Saudi.
“Anthony Joshua would fight Otto Wallin in the main event of the pay-per-view, and former WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder would square off with former WBO titleholder Joseph Parker in the co-feature,” Dan Rafael said
A win for both fighters may increase the calls for the two to face each other in the ring. And following the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk fight which is expected to take place next year, a Wilder-Joshua bout could be the natural conclusion.
After all, the pair were on course to face each other for an undisputed fight all the way back in 2018. However, the fight failed to get made as both boxers would end up losing their belts.
Bivol And Dubois
Aside from the Wilder and Joshua fights, it now appears that Dmitry Bivol could face Richard Rivera. The Russian has been absent from the sport of boxing ever since he overcame Zurdo Ramirez at the back end of 2022.
But ever since that moment, the attempts at getting an opponent have been difficult. A hand injury has kept Bivol on the sidelines, while an attempt at trying to get a rematch with Canelo Alvarez broke down due to the failure to agree on a weight class.
The Mexican was intent on fighting at 175, while the Russian favoured a fight at 168 for Canelo’s undisputed super middleweight title.
Meanwhile, Daniel Dubois has also been mentioned as someone who could feature. However, when it came to an actual opponent, nothing has been suggested in that regard.
The news should not come as a surprise since Frank Warren did confirm that December would be a huge night of boxing in Saudi despite the fact that Fury vs. Usyk would not go ahead then.
“There’s gonna be a big night in December. We’ll be announcing it very soon and it will be massive. You’re gonna love it, I promise you you’re gonna love it. I can’t give you all the information at the moment, but everything’s going in the right direction for something to be a historical night of boxing. It’s gonna feature boxers from all over the world. You will be surprised by the names. There’s some great fights involving British fighters too,” Warren said