Former WBA Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves has weighed in on the highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin, foreseeing a spectacular knockout in the making.
Joshua’s recent stoppage win against Robert Helenius marked a shift, breaking a streak of trilogy fights that went the distance. Groves expects Joshua to replicate his past knockout victories from 2017, specifically against Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam.
In a discussion on the TNT Sports Boxing YouTube Channel, Groves emphasized Joshua’s power and stature, highlighting that landing heavy shots and hurting Wallin early would be crucial. Groves suggested that Joshua’s ability to assert himself within range, coupled with his precision, could result in a definitive victory over Wallin.
Should Joshua secure the win, it sets the stage for potential future matchups, including a showdown against Deontay Wilder, provided Wilder emerges victorious against Joseph Parker on the same night. This could pave the way for what fans anticipate as ‘The Biggest Fight in Boxing.’
Conversely, if Wilder faces defeat, Joshua might pivot towards pursuing the IBF World Title, expected to become vacant post the Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk bout in February. This could lead to a matchup against Filip Hrgovic, the mandatory challenger for the belt, offering a path to crown a new world champion.
As the countdown to the Joshua-Wallin clash intensifies, Groves’ prediction adds to the anticipation, setting the stage for potential future heavyweight showdowns in the boxing world.