Antony Joshua is set to fight Otto Wallen in Riyadh next month, but speculation has arisen of a potential fight with Deontay Wilder, who fights Joseph Parker in the same event, if the two both win on December 23rd. A victory against Wilder could put Joshua at the front of the line when the time comes for title holders Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to pick their next battle.
However, many fans of the sport are not happy with the idea of Joshua getting a shot at the belts, one said, “His name isn’t a golden ticket anymore, he needs to earn the box office fights, not coast until a big opponent sees dollar signs.”
With time running out for the 34-year-old, Antony Joshua seems eager to fuel the fire of hype surrounding his resurgence after his memorable record-tainting fight with Oleksandr Usyk where he lost his world titles.
‘I will one hundred percent do my end of the deal, it’s up to the other team to play ball’ – He told Sky Sports when asked if he would be prepared to face Tyson Fury. The two were thought to have a contract negotiated in 2021 but negotiations broke down after Joshua did not sign the contract before the agreed deadline.
With 2024 growing closer, time is of the essence for Joshua to assert himself as an unavoidable test for the top fighters.