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Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder to Feature in Riyadh Showdowns on December 23

November 16, 2023 12:40 pm

Former heavyweight world champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are set for separate bouts on December 23 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marking a thrilling night of boxing with an action-packed card.

In this stacked event, Briton Joshua will face Otto Wallin, while American Wilder will take on former champion Joseph Parker. The possibility of a potential 2024 showdown between Joshua and Wilder looms if both emerge victorious in their respective fights. Witness the world boxing champions in action with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.

The undercard promises further excitement with WBA light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol defending his title against Manchester’s Lyndon Arthur. Londoner Ellis Zorro is set to challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia, and British heavyweight Daniel Dubois will confront American Jarrell Miller.

Initially planned as Tyson Fury versus Oleksandr Usyk, the event took a turn due to Fury’s recent encounter with Francis Ngannou, leading to a change in headlining the night.

With less than six weeks to go, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority, along with Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, has finalized what’s being hailed as one of boxing’s strongest cards ever assembled.

Both Joshua and Wilder are seeking a comeback since losing their world titles to Usyk and Fury respectively. Joshua, a two-time world champion, holds an impressive record of 26 wins, including 23 stoppages, and three defeats.

Wilder, known for his knockout prowess, boasts 42 stoppages in 43 wins. His only losses and a draw came from bouts against Fury.

This boxing extravaganza in Riyadh marks Saudi Arabia’s increased involvement in elite sporting events. However, this growing interest in hosting global sporting events has faced criticism due to the country’s poor human rights record.

Despite the scrutiny, top-tier athletes continue to participate in Saudi Arabia’s events, signaling a broader engagement of elite-level sports in the country.

As the date draws near, the anticipation heightens for this remarkable night of boxing featuring renowned names in the ring, set to captivate audiences and elevate the sport to new heights. Get the latest updates from the world of boxing only on Nextbet Sports