- Joshua denies being past best
- AJ bites back at Miller
- Joshua could face Wilder in 2024
Anthony Joshua vehemently denied being past his prime and engaged in a spirited news conference at Wembley’s OVO Arena. The 34-year-old British heavyweight is set to face Otto Wallin in Saudi Arabia on December 23, with the possibility of a future clash against American Deontay Wilder, who will be taking on Joseph Parker in the co-main event.
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Joshua wants to become a three-time world champion
In the lively news conference, Joshua not only asserted his determination to become a three-time world champion but also exchanged words with undercard fighter Jarrell Miller, instructing him to “shut up.” The atmosphere was charged with anticipation, as both Joshua and Wilder expressed confidence in their upcoming matches.
While the Joshua-Wilder showdown has been a topic of discussion for years, talks seem to be progressing. Joshua confirmed that discussions are underway, though nothing has been officially signed and sealed. If both fighters emerge victorious in their respective bouts next month, a potential face-off in 2024 could be on the horizon.
Wilder echoed the sentiment, expressing his satisfaction at being in the same room with Joshua after a long time. He conveyed well wishes to Joshua and expressed hope that they can face each other soon, emphasising that it’s about time for the much-anticipated bout.
Rumours about a fight hosted by Saudi Arabia have gained traction over the past 12 months, adding to the anticipation surrounding the potential clash between these former world champions. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the outcomes of the upcoming matches and the possibility of a Joshua-Wilder showdown in the near future.
Joshua is favourite to win against Wallin and bettors need to monitor his performance closely to see if the Watford born fighter is likely to keep improving and reach his previous levels ahead of a potential clash with Wilder. Wilder is also favourite to win his December 23 bout and the real anticipation among bettors and boxing fans regarding these two fighters is a potential meeting in 2024.
At the time of writing BoyleSports are offering 2/7 on Joshua to win, with Wallin 11/4 and a draw 18/1. It is a similar story for Wilder’s bout with the bookie currently pricing the Bronze Bomber at 1/6, Parker at 4/1 and a draw 20/1. Early indications suggest that the bookies make Wilder the favourite should he and Joshua come through their fights successfully and agree to a bout in 2024.