Anthony Joshua is set to headline an action-packed heavyweight card in Saudi Arabia on December 23, with a fight against Otto Wallin. The event was originally planned to feature a historic undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, but Fury pulled out following his lackluster win over Francis Ngannou. Despite the change, Saudi boxing chiefs have managed to put together an incredible lineup for fight fans.
Joshua vs Wallin: A Clash of Former Sparring Partners
Anthony Joshua will take on Otto Wallin, a durable Swedish slugger. Wallin gave Tyson Fury a tough fight in 2019 but ultimately lost by unanimous decision. Joshua and Wallin are no strangers to each other as they have sparred multiple times before. This clash of former sparring partners is just the tip of the iceberg for this short-notice card.
Deontay Wilder Returns to the Ring
Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will also make his long-awaited return to the ring after 14 months. He will face former champion Joseph Parker in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Wilder has been out of action since his loss to Fury, and he will be looking to make a statement in this fight.
Daniel Dubois Looks for Redemption
Former interim WBA heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois will be looking to bounce back from his defeat to Usyk earlier this year. He will take on Jarrell Miller, who returns to the ring after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2019. This will be a major fight for both fighters as they aim to move up the rankings in the heavyweight division.
Lyndon Arthur Aims for Upset
British fighter Lyndon Arthur will have the opportunity to pull off an unlikely upset against Russian champion Dmitry Bivol. Arthur will be fighting for the WBA's 175lbs title and hopes to bring the belt back to the UK. This will be a challenging fight for Arthur, but he has the chance to make a name for himself on this stacked card.
Other Exciting Bouts
The card will also feature heavyweight prospects Martin Bakole and Junior Fa, who will be looking to continue their climb up the ranks. With such a stacked lineup, Saudi boxing chiefs and fans around the world are hoping that Joshua and Wilder come out victorious in their respective fights. This could potentially set up an epic showdown between the two heavyweight giants in the future.
Joshua and Wilder: A Potential Showdown
Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder have been on a collision course for years, and there are hopes that their paths will finally cross. Both fighters have expressed their desire to face each other, with Wilder even suggesting a meeting in England to discuss the fight. A potential showdown between these two heavyweights would be one of the biggest fights in the world and could generate millions of pounds.