Collision Course Joshua vs. Wilder Showdown Looms, Warren Reveals!
Promoter Frank Warren foresees a monumental collision between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, highlighting the likelihood of a showdown if they both secure victories in their upcoming fights against Otto Wallin and Joseph Parker. Contrary to expectations, Warren suggests that Joshua might steer towards facing Wilder instead of holding out for a bout with British rival Tyson Fury.
With Joshua and Wilder headlining in separate matchups at Riyadh’s weekend event, Warren hints at a significant turn in the heavyweight boxing landscape should both emerge victorious. “They’re going to be facing off next year,” Warren emphasized, underlining the potential trajectory for an explosive clash between the two boxing giants.
Despite the public’s anticipation for a Joshua-Fury showdown, Warren notes that Fury’s plans for 2024 do not align with facing Joshua. Fury is set to challenge heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in a title bout next February, with a rematch likely to follow, potentially delaying any prospect of a Fury-Joshua match until at least 2025.
Warren reflects on missed opportunities for Joshua to face Fury in previous years, acknowledging that Joshua had chances for the much-anticipated clash but they didn’t materialize. He emphasizes that the outcomes of Saturday’s fights in Riyadh will significantly impact the future landscape of heavyweight boxing and the potential for these mega-fights.
“The most important thing for them, they’ve got to deliver,” Warren asserts, underscoring the necessity for successful outcomes this weekend to pave the way for these blockbuster matchups in the heavyweight division.