(Photo : Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images) RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 23: Joseph Parker punches Deontay Wilder throughout the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title struggle between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker throughout the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Plans for an Anthony Joshua Vs. Wilder struggle might need gone up in smoke following Deontay Wilder’s loss to Joseph Parker, who picked up a dominant victory in opposition to Wilder in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The astounding conflict between the 2 boxing heavyweights noticed the New Zealand native win by unanimous choice in opposition to Wilder, with scores of 118-111, 118-110, and 120-108.
Throughout the struggle, Wilder, who was coming off a win in opposition to Robert Helenius in 2022, was ready for a gap to land a knockout blow; nonetheless, Parker stayed affected person and aggressive in coming from behind and successful every spherical.
Wilder would proceed to search for the knockout strike, however Parker continued in his assault to the within. This included touchdown 89 of his 255 punches, a lot of which have been energy blows.
Parker would show to be an excessive amount of for Wilder, successful rounds as Wilder could not discover the opening to hit a possible ultimate blow.
This struggle marked Wilder’s third lack of his profession and his second since his struggle within the 2021 conflict in opposition to Tyson Fury. He was requested about his efficiency within the struggle following the loss to Parker.
“It could have, but we’re not going to base it off of that,” Wilder mentioned afterward. “We did what we did and we move on to the next. We live to see another day and that’s what it’s all about” per Yahoo Sports.
Anthony Joshua, who picked up a powerful victory in opposition to Otto Wallin on the identical card, spoke up on Wilder’s loss.
“What? He’ll be back. Deontay, everything that he said about me, I could rip him apart right now, but I’m going to take the higher ground,” Joshua mentioned through BBC Sports.
He added, “You can come back. If he wanted to, he could come back. I’m sure everyone still wants to see that fight.”
Wilder additionally says that the discuss surrounding his potential struggle with Joshua might need served as a distraction. Both Joshua and Wilder have been set to conflict someday in 2024, regardless of no contract being signed by both one but; though the pair was anticipated to have a put up struggle interplay to assist promote the struggle in response to BBC Sports.
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