Joshua vs Wilder penciled in for late 2017/early 2018

December 19, 2016

By CJ Russell

The April 29th bout between Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko is getting a ridiculous amount of hype in the United Kingdom, and is being hotly anticipated all around the world.  It’s seen as a potential “passing of the torch” from the most dominant heavyweight of the past era in Klitschko to Joshua, who many think is the best 200+ pounder today.

To truly bear Klitschko’s torch however, Joshua is going to have to get some big wins.  Klitschko is the first step, but no one is going to put Joshua in the hall of fame for beating a 40 year old who hasn’t won a fight since April 2015, and looked every bit of his age in his loss against Tyson Fury in November of last year.

One of the most enticing potential matchups in the heavyweight division is Joshua vs American powerhouse Deontay Wilder.  Similar to Joshua, Wilder not faced the best competition in his career, and he has been a professional for a lot longer.  36 of his 37 wins have been by KO though, and you can’t deny his talent.

I think a unification fight between Joshua (assuming he beats Klitschko) and Wilder could bring heavyweight boxing back to the spotlight in America and around the world.  Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports said to Sky Sports said that this mega-fight could come to fruition at the end of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018.

“It’s a big fight, it’s a wonderful fight, and could be for four belts. Towards the end of the year, I don’t see why not, or certainly early in 2018.  Joshua will have between two or three fights a year now, so realistically it could be the back end of this year, or if not, early 2018.”

Here’s to hoping that happens.  I don’t think you could make a more exciting heavyweight fight at this point.