After years of buildup, the highly anticipated fight between heavyweight rivals Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua will take place inside the ring.
Due to the fact that there haven’t been any high-profile bouts involving heavyweights so far in 2018, boxing fans have been skeptical about any rumored huge fights involving heavyweights that have occurred recently.
It was hoped that Joshua and Wilder would both be active this summer in preparation for their planned meeting in December. The meeting is scheduled to take place in December.
The Briton, who won his debut fight with his new trainer Derrick James in April against Jermaine Franklin, has been in discussions to fight Dillian Whyte in a rematch, while Wilder has been in negotiations with Andy Ruiz Jr.
Wilder further reassured 78SportsTV that the highly anticipated fight between himself and Joshua in the Middle East will undoubtedly take place.
He explained, “For the next fight, we’ve been putting in a lot of work, and you’ve seen me training.” It has always been Ruiz, but if he doesn’t want to accept it, then we will move on to the next fight, or maybe hold out till the Joshua fight since that one is surely going to happen.
“All of you are going to need to get your money in order for that.”
Since Joshua won his first world title in 2016 against Charles Martin, Deontay Wilder has been looming on the horizon as a potential opponent for Joshua to face.
Wilder had won the WBC title a year earlier, and he would go on to successfully defend it ten times before Tyson Fury ended his reign in February 2020.
The anticipation for their fight increased after Joshua became the undisputed champion of the IBF, WBA, and WBO in 2018, but an agreement to make it happen was never reached. Even though both men have subsequently lost their world titles, there is still a great deal of interest in one of the most important battles in the sport.