Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder have been in discussions to make one of the biggest fights the heavyweight division has to offer.
The two former champions looked finally set to face off, putting to bed a long transatlantic rivalry that could have once played out for the undisputed title.
Neither holds a belt in 2023, but fans still want to see which big hitter comes out on top, and, until recently, the fight was promised to be ‘nailed on.’ Despite some obstacles now forming for the early 2024 date in Saudi Arabia, both teams are still onboard and trying to make it happen.
Speaking to Freebets.com, heavyweight rival, Joe Joyce, made his pick for Wilder should the fight be delivered.
“They’ve both got phenomenal punching power. Wilder’s improving and Joshua just seemed to be throwing straight shots in his last fight. I’d like to go to that fight if it can happen, but at this moment, my money’s on Wilder.”
‘The Bronze Bomber’ has 42 knockouts from 43 wins – an incredible record that has him oten referred to as one of the hardest punchers the sport has ever seen.
An early finish for Joshua isn’t uncommon either, and he would enter the ring with Wilder with the benefit of being much more active, having fought three times since last August to Wilder’s one.
Whether the teams behind the fighters can now find a new location or terms to make the fight happen remains to be seen.
If so, Joyce will be looking to be facing the winner in the not-so-distant future – that’s if he comes through his rematch with Zhilei Zhang on September 23, avenging his first professional loss and getting his career back on track.