Both the heavyweight knockout artists will feature on that incredible ‘Day of Reckoning’ bill in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday December 23 (live on DAZN PPV and TNT Sports Box Office).
Should they come out victorious that night – AJ vs Swede Otto Wallin and Wilder vs former WBO heavyweight king Joseph Parker – then they will reportedly meet each other in Saudi early next year.
Here is all we know so far about what would be a popcorn-worthy matchup of epic proportions.
Date and time: When is Joshua vs Wilder?
Per ESPN reporter Mike Coppinger, Joshua vs Wilder will take place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday March 9, 2024 – IF both men win their December 23 bouts in Riyadh.
Meanwhile, former ESPN man Dan Rafael is now reporting that Joshua vs Wilder is a TWO-FIGHT deal.
Watch Live: TV channel and live stream
That ‘Day of Reckoning’ bill will be broadcast live on PPV by DAZN in the UK and the United States and by TNT Sports Box Office in the UK.
The smart money is for a repeat if Joshua vs Wilder does get over the line.
UK bookmakers have Wilder as a very slight favourite – this is almost ‘pick em’ territory.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ is a 4/6 shot with Joshua the 6/5 underdog.
Joshua vs Wilder weights
The weigh-in for Joshua vs Wilder would take place in Saudi Arabia on Friday March 8, 2024.
Joshua, now 34 years old, has fought 29 times as a professional, with a 26-3 record. 26 wins and 3 losses. Some 23 of those wins have come inside distance.
AJ, a former Olympic champion in the amateurs, has an impressive resume – which includes some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division in recent years.
Joshua, among others, has posted victories over Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Carlos Takam, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev and Robert Helenius.
Joshua’s defeats have all come in world title fights – that shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 and then those back-to-back decisions at the hands of Usyk in 2021 and 2022.
Deontay Wilder record
Wilder – now 38 years old – has explosive knockout power and a professional record to match. His resume stands at 43-2-1 – 43 wins, two defeats and a draw in 46 bouts in the paid ranks. An astonishing 42 of Wilder’s 43 wins have come inside distance
Deontay claimed the WBC heavyweight title with the only points victory of his pro career against Bermane Stiverne in 2015, and he would defend that title 10 times. That run included back-to-back wins over Luis Ortiz and a draw with Fury in the first of their three bouts. Famously, Wilder had Fury down twice in that Los Angeles showdown in late 2018, the second time in Round 12 appeared to have put the Englishman to sleep. But he somehow got up to claim a share of the spoils on the scorecards.
Wilder lost his title in February 2020 as he was demolished by Fury in their Las Vegas rematch, and he then showed great bravery and cojones before going out on his shield via an 11th-round KO loss in their trilogy fight in October 2021. Again, Wilder had put ‘The Gypsy King’ on the floor twice but both times, Fury got up.
Joshua vs Wilder undercard
If December 23 is anything to go by, we should expect something spectacular again. Watch this space.