Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder Will Fight in December but Not Against Each Other, Potential Dmitry Bivol Return

Published 11/11/2023, 4:06 AM EST

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In the upcoming December extravaganza, brace yourselves for a double dose of action as Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will step into the ring. Although not against each other. The strategic move to have both Heavyweight titans feature in separate bouts on the same card, slated for December 23rd in Saudi Arabia, is gaining traction.

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This not only serves as an opportunity for fans to witness the individual prowess of these formidable fighters but also adds an intriguing layer to the narrative, setting the stage for a potential collision in 2024.

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Deontay Wilder is considering a trip to the UK for a face-to-face conversation with Anthony Joshua regarding their long-anticipated but currently uncertain boxing match. Negotiations have come to a standstill in recent weeks, despite the long-standing link to a potential fight for years. Wilder, expressing readiness for the bout, has suggested a direct meeting in England, emphasizing his desire to talk to Joshua and addressing what he perceives as reluctance on Joshua’s part.

However, amidst the anticipation surrounding the Wilder-Joshua saga, there’s an additional layer of excitement with reports suggesting the involvement of Dmitry Bivol in the December event. This further elevates the significance of the Saudi Arabia showcase, promising a stacked card that goes beyond the realm of heavyweight showdowns. Additionally, this will create an added layer of anticipation for this event.

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Come rain or shine, Riyadh season is a must!

Those orchestrating the Riyadh Season seem inclined towards hosting boxing matches just before Christmas and in the days following Boxing Day. Promoter Frank Warren has unveiled plans for what he describes as a ‘historic night’ for the sport during this period.
The aim is for both fighters to participate in separate bouts as part of a significant pay-per-view event slated for December 23.

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Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, confirmed to Boxing Social that discussions regarding the December 23 date have taken place. He also mentioned potential opponents for Joshua in this proposed event. Talks between Wilder and Joshua have been sporadic but gained momentum this year following an offer from Saudi’s Skill Challenge Entertainment.

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Although this company is seemingly no longer involved, recent developments suggest a revival in discussions between the two former champions. If the collaboration with Riyadh Season and the emerging boxing entities in the nation materializes, fans may witness an anticipated showdown across the Atlantic early next year.

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