Deontay By Victor Kanayo
Report reach Heritage Times HT has revealed that British and Nigerian-born heavyweight fighter, Anthony Joshua and his American rival Deontay Wilder, now have a deal in place to fight on March 9, 2024 in Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
However, the anticipated heavyweight clash will go if their different earlier fights happen on December 23, 2023.
Joshua and Wilder have been talking about a fight over the last several years, and now the two will finally step into the ring if all goes well later this month.
Joshua, a former two-time heavyweight world champion, is slated to headline next weekend’s Riyadh Season card in the Middle East, taking on Swedish heavyweight contender, Otto Wallin over the course of a main event clash.
British boxer, Joshua has enjoyed a two-fight winning streak since dropping his belts to Oleksandr Usyk – defeating Jermaine Franklin in April of this year.
Back in August, Joshua managed to land a devastating seventh round finish over common-foe, Robert Helenius at The O2 Arena in London.
The 34-year-old has been in professional boxing since 2013 and has defeated the likes of Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko and Andy Ruiz since breaking onto the scene.
As for Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion has been sidelined since October of last year, however, returns to fight former world champion, Joseph Parker in the co-main event of next weekend’s card in Saudi Arabia.
In his most recent outing, Tuscaloosa native, Wilder managed to snap a two-fight losing skid to current WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, stopping Helenius in the opening round of their Brooklyn headliner in October of last year.
Wilder is 43-2-1 in his career with 42 knockouts. However, he hasn’t fought since defeating Helenius via knockout in October 2022. Prior to that, he lost twice to Tyson Fury in 2020 and 2021.
The 38-year-old turned pro in 2008 and has defeated the likes of Luis Ortiz, Dominic Breazeale and Bermane Stiverne.