Deontay Wilder Ruined the Chance for Anthony Joshua Match Up After Parker Loss

Deontay Wilder Ruined the Chance for Anthony Joshua Match Up After Parker Loss

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 27, 2023 at 11:40 AM
  • Deontay Wilder should forget about fighting Anthony Joshua
  • Wilder suffered a surprise loss to New Zealander Joseph Parker
  • It was Wilder’s first boxing match in 14 months

Boxing enthusiast Big Bamzy has disclosed that Deontay Wilder ruined the perfect opportunity to give boxing lovers the biggest anticipated fight of 2024, which would have been against rival Anthony Joshua.

Parker surprised the former WBC heavyweight champion on Saturday night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, putting a long-awaited big-money match against Joshua in 2024 in jeopardy.

Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Joseph Parker
Deontay Wilder suffered a surprise loss to Joseph Parker and has ruined his chances of facing Anthony Joshua next. Photo by Richard Pelham
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Bamzy claims after Parker knocked Wilder down, it would be difficult for him to get a bout with Joshua as he would need to start from scratch again before he can have another chance.

“Wilder had an opportunity but messes it up. Fans were eagerly anticipating the bout with Anthony Joshua but his loss tonight makes that practically impossible. Bamzy spoke exclusively to Sports Brief.

According to Daily Express, on the same night, Anthony Joshua delivered one of his best performances since 2018, defeating Otto Wallin via technical knockout in the fifth round.

Wilder insists on Joshua bout

Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder is not giving up on his proposed fight with Anthony Joshua despite having a been sidetracked by the loss to Joseph Parker on Saturday night, Daily Trust reports.

The 38-year-old American fighter claims he still wants to fight Joshua, but that the British-Nigerian boxer will use Parker’s loss to avoid fighting him.

Wilder has now suffered three losses from his last four fights, with his only victory coming against Robert Helenius and the American will need to re-invent himself to stand any opportunity of fighting against Joshua although Eddie Hearn is open on making the fight a possibility.

Hearn predicts winner of Wilder/Joshua bout

Earlier, Sports Brief reported boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that Anthony Joshua will defeat Deontay Wilder when both fighters take each other on in Saudi Arabia.

AJ and the Bronze Bomber have been touted for a blockbuster bout for some time now, and the proposed heavyweight fight could happen before the year 2023 runs out.

After back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua returned to winning ways, defeating Jermain Franklin by unanimous decision.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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