November 16, (THEWILL) – Anthony Joshua is fired up for his heavyweight boxing return against Otto Wallin this December, in Saudi Arabia, while rival, Deontay Wilder, also features on the stacked fight card.
The Nigerian-British boxing star will step back into the ring for the first time since his knockout victory over Robert Helenius in August, facing Swede, Wallin, on December 23, in Riyadh. Joshua was typically bullish at Wednesday’s press conference, hitting back at claims he is past his peak.
“People talking about how I’ve peaked have never even seen a peak in their whole career,” Joshua insisted. “I’m looking forward to delivering my message to Otto Wallin on December 23.” Two-time world champion Joshua boasts a 26-3 record and is plotting a route back to the top in 2023. First he must overcome Wallin, who is 26-1-1.
Joshua could then face American heavyweight, Wilder, next year. Wilder, on a comeback after losses to Tyson Fury, takes on Joseph Parker on the same Saudi Arabia bill. “It’s been a long time coming. I wish you nothing but the best bro, but hopefully soon we can get it on in the ring”, Wilder told Joshua.
There is also British interest in the supporting bouts. Lyndon Arthur faces Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title, while cruiserweight, Ellis Zorro, meets IBF champion, Jai Opetaia.