December fights between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are possible, but not against one another. According to reports, the two are in discussions to compete on the same bill on December 23 in Saudi Arabia in different fights.
The heavyweight rivals had been in talks to fight earlier this year, and last week, Wilder reaffirmed his intention to eventually go into the ring with Joshua.
Deontay Wilder And Anthony Joshua Fight
Now, Wilder is scheduled to make his comeback against an opponent to be announced next month, while Joshua is anticipated to make his comeback in a different Middle Eastern bout that will be featured on the same card.
Since his thrilling first-round knockout victory against Robert Helenius in October of last year, Wilder has been away from the ring for more than a year.
In August of this year, Joshua defeated Helenius in the seventh round via knockout.
Next year, Wilder and Joshua might put an end to their long-standing rivalry if they both win.
In addition, Joshua wants to get a rematch with his British opponent Tyson Fury, who last month defeated former UFC champion Francis Ngannou via a hard-fought split decision to keep his undefeated record intact.
Originally, December 23 was set aside for Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s uncontested bout.
However, Fury’s bout with Usyk has been postponed until February of next year after he was badly outclassed by Ngannou.
Joshua and Wilder now have an opportunity, and it’s also being rumored that Dmitry Bivol, the WBA light heavyweight champion who hasn’t fought in 2023, maybe on the program.
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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has previously mentioned Agit Kabayel, Otto Wallin, and Filip Hrgovic as possible opponents; Joshua may fight on the card. Regarding the opponent in Wilder’s corner, he has previously shown a desire to fight boxers Andy Ruiz Jr. and Zhilei Zhang.