Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will fight on the same card in Saudi Arabia on December 23, it has been confirmed.
However, the heavyweight rivals are not going to be facing one another.
After the already-signed Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undisputed fight had to be pushed back from December to February, boxing chiefs in Saudi Arabia pushed ahead with a different show headlined by AJ and Wilder on that date.
Joshua’s opponent Wallin is a talented Swedish heavyweight who is coming off of an impressive win over Murat Gassiev and previously gave Fury a tough fight in his only loss to date.
Meanwhile, AJ himself has been active since his defeats to Usyk, setting himself a goal of three fights in 2023, which he looks set to complete after already beating Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius.
Wilder’s opponent Parker is the former WBO heavyweight world champion from New Zealand, who was dethroned by Joshua in 2018 and subsequently lost to Dillian Whyte and Joe Joyce, but remains a solid contender.
The American KO king is looking to return to action, having not fought since flattening Helenius in October 2022.
Elsewhere on the card, Daniel Dubois will hope to bounce back from defeat to Oleksandr Usyk by taking on former AJ rival Jarrell Miller.
Also on the Christmas boxing extravaganza card in Riyadh on December 23, two world champions will defend their belts alongside additional heavyweight action.
Dmitry Bivol will stake his WBA light-heavyweight crown against Lyndon Arthur and Jai Opetaia will put his IBF cruiserweight belt on the line against Ellis Zorro.
Dubois will face Miller, Filip Hrgovic will face Mark De Mori, Arslanbek Makhmudov will face Agit Kabayel and Frank Sanchez will face Junior Fa.
The unique card has brought together two of boxing’s biggest rivals – promoters Hearn and Frank Warren.
Joshua vs Wallin: Undercard
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin
- Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker
- Daniel Dubois vs Jarrell Miller
- Dmitry Bivol vs Lyndon Arthur – for WBA lightweight title
- Jai Opetaia vs Ellis Zorro – for IBF cruiserweight title
- Filip Hrgovic vs Mark de Mori
- Arslanbek Makhmudov vs Agit Kabayel
- Frank Sanchez vs Junior Fa
Joshua vs Wallin: Date and start time
This 12-round heavyweight clash is set to go ahead on Saturday, December 23.
One of the deepest cards in boxing history will take place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Timings for this event are yet to be confirmed but the undercard action is expected to start around 6pm.
And the ring-walks for the main event can be expected at around 10pm.
talkSPORT will be bang across fight week with live updates on fight night while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog as well.
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