- Joshua and Wilder have been circling one another for years but are yet to meet
- In December, Wilder will meet Parker, and AJ will try to overcome Otto Wallin
- If Anthony Joshua learns from his defeats to Oleksandr Usyk then it could be a very merry Christmas for the Brit in Saudi Arabia – The Hook
Anthony Joshua and Deotany Wilder have a deal in place to meet in a long-awaited clash on March 9, 2024, according to reports.
The two heavyweights have been circling one another for years, but boxing fans had to be content with the news that Wilder and Joshua would be featuring on the same card – but not against one another.
Instead, both of the fighters will headline the upcoming ‘Day of Reckoning’ on December 23 in Saudi Arabia.
But supporters may yet see the pair finally meet in the ring in the new year.
Anthony Joshua (left) and Deontay Wilder (right) could meet in March in a long-awaited clash
The pair are both featuring on the ‘Day of Reckoning’ card, with AJ facing Otto Wallin (right)
The Bronze Bomber will go head-to-head with New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker
As per ESPN, Wilder and Joshua will return to Saudi Arabia three months after the ‘Day of Reckoning’ for a showdown akin to the long-awaited meeting between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, which is scheduled for February 17.
Ahead of a potential meeting, the simmering war of words between the two men has ramped up, with Wilder making the outlandish claim that the former world champion’s team have manipulated attendances over the years to make their fighter appear more popular than he is.
‘I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, it’s a difference between champions being born and being made,’ Wilder shared.
‘Joshua was made, he was a made fighter. They bought things, they gave him things. Even with certain things, with the arena. “Oh, they sold this”. No, you didn’t sell out nothing. You comped tickets and you resold them.
‘I know how the whole game works. I’m behind scenes. I know how things work. You wanted it to seem like it sold out, you put your tickets out there, and you build your own little ticket thing and you buy all your tickets.
‘Now it seems like you sold out the arena. What you do? All you do is put it back on the market and resell it.
Wilder has been stoking a simmering war of words between the two fighters ahead of a clash
‘It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book, when it comes to the business and now people on the outside looking in, “Oh my God, they sold out faster than Michael f****ng Jackson”. Are you serious? That’s how it is. That’s how the trick is done.’
Wilder previously shared that he had offered Anthony’s camp £40million, and accused his representatives of ‘holding him back’, resulting in the fight never going ahead.
‘Many times he wanted to fight, he wanted to accept it but his handlers didn’t want it because Joshua is the money-maker for the company,’ Wilder exclusively told Mail Sport. ‘And if he goes down, so does the business.’
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn refuted the claims, admitting that Wilder’s camp had made the offer in a bid to get the fight made, but had failed to send a contract – hence the fight never materialising.