Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder now have a clear path to face each other after many years of failing to do so.
The two former champions could have once fought to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion, but talks fell apart and did so again whenever they were revisited.
Since they have both been relieved of those world titles, the transatlantic clash is now back on the table.
With Joshua coming through his latest test of Robert Helenius, and Wilder having nothing pencilled in, fans could see the heavyweight clash – that will likely be billed ‘don’t blink’ – up next.
Despite the intrigue, veteran promoter Bob Arum believes there is zero jeopardy for one man.
Speaking to Boxing Social earlier this year, the Top Rank head honcho said that the only unknown about the fight was when Wilder will knock Joshua out.
“The only question in a Deontay Wilder-Anthony Joshua fight is, in my opinion, what round Wilder knocks Joshua out … But, believe me, he will knock Joshua out.”
Wilder has famously stopped every man he’s faced not named Tyson Fury. His record has one distance win in the form of Bermaine Stiverne, but ‘The Bronze Bomber’ rectified that by stopping him in their rematch.
Joshua is no slouch in the power department either, having recently proved that against Helenius. Although some feel he took his time to get there, when he fired there was no getting up for the Finnish fighter.
Now the stage seems set for a Saudi showdown between the pair, with final meetings being conducted soon.