It seems like Anthony Joshua will have a busy rest of 2023 with two potential fights lined up in the heavyweight division. One fight is expected to take place in the UK, while the other is set to happen in Saudi Arabia.
I just read on Sky Sports that Dillian Whyte has officially agreed to a contract to face Joshua on August 12th at London’s O2 arena. They have faced each other three times now. The first time was when they were amateurs, and Whyte won. The second time was in 2015 for the vacant British Heavyweight title, and Joshua came out as the winner.
Both fighters are coming off recent victories and they both hail from the UK. They are eager to make a comeback and compete for a title. Given these circumstances, the fight seems fitting and promises to be a competitive matchup. It seems that Whyte is definitely aware of Joshua’s potential future plans and is trying to get involved in discussions by winning.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is currently discussing the possibility of a fight with former champion Deontay Wilder. He is in talks with representatives from Skill Challenge Entertainment, a Saudi Arabian promoter, who are currently in London. The fight is being considered for either December or January.
According to Hearn, the talks that have been happening since Friday and will continue until Monday have been successful. He told Boxing News on Saturday that they are in a great place with them. We basically have a deal that we’ve agreed on in principle, but we still need to have a few final discussions.
If Joshua were to fight Wilder, it would be his third time fighting in the Kingdom. He fought there before to regain his unified belts in a rematch with Andy Ruiz in the Diriyah Arena in 2019. However, he later lost to Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah in 2022.
The heavyweight division in 2023 has been pretty uneventful so far, but it seems like things are going to get more exciting in the second half of the year. Promoter Frank Warren has shared some exciting news about upcoming boxing matches. In August, we can look forward to the Usyk versus Daniel Dubois fight. Then, in September, Zhilei Zhang will be taking on Joe Joyce. Additionally, there’s a highly anticipated announcement coming up this week regarding Tyson Fury, which Warren describes as “game-changing.”