According to worldboxingnews.net, the fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua was not going to take place in December since both former heavyweight champions are planning separate returns to the ring this summer.
World Boxing News can confirm that none of the rumors that have been circulating over the past several weeks about a fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua being a “done deal” or that a “offer has been made” for the bout are true.
According to the individual who is allegedly responsible for the possible extravaganza in Saudi Arabia, there has never been a contract or an official communication in writing. Amer Abdallah, the leader of Skill Challenge Promotions, dismissed all that had been printed up to this point. The only thing he would say is that there is ‘interest,’ and that would be all.
There has not been a single offer presented. Is there any desire in participating in the fight? Yes. However, has there been a formal offer made? The correct response is “no.” In the event that it is, it will originate directly from the Skill Challenge.
“Boxing is a sport that has a lot of different facets. You engage in the bloodiest battles. Because of duties to networks, conflicts between promoters and managers, and disagreements between sanctioning authorities and promoters and managers, the best fights are never made.
“Skill Challenge is not in direct competition with anyone else when it enters the market. We are working on uniting the sport. We are collecting all of the most exciting bouts and putting them under one roof.”
In order to accomplish this, SCP needs to execute individual contracts with each of the fighters they intend to use once those individuals become free agents. This strategy has been successful up to this point with Oleksandr Usyk and Badou Jack.
The top division is being singled out for blame because they are the ones who are destroying the sport by not being prepared to negotiate. Despite four months of negotiations for the undisputed titles, the top heavyweights, Usyk and Tyson Fury, were unable to reach an agreement on a fight. At this point, it appears to the fans that a bout between Fury and Wilder IV is far more likely to take place than any fight involving Usyk.
On the other hand, the Wilder vs. Joshua battle has been nothing more than a pipe dream for more than five years. There is no indication that it is moving any closer to crossing the finish line. Both Wilder and Joshua hope to be back in the game before the month of October. If they continued to move at this slow of a pace, reaching the goal by December would be impossible.