Former WBC title holder Deontay Wilder is set to do battle with New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia next month - here's everything you need to know ahead of the bout.
This heavyweight showdown is set to co-headline 'Day of Reckoning' on 23rd December, which is also going to feature British boxer Anthony Joshua against Otto Wallin.
This will be the first time these two have met in the ring and Wilder, whose record reads 43-2-1, with 42 of his wins recorded by knockout, returns to action for the first time since defeating Robert Helenius in October 2022.
Wilder claimed the WBC title in 2015 when he beat Bermane Stiverne and held the belt for ten fights before going down to Tyson Fury in 2020.
In contrast, it will be Parker’s fourth fight of the year, his most recent victory coming in Saudi Arabia when he overcame Simon Kean in a third-round knockout to take his record to 33-3.
The 31-year-old, who was beaten by Joe Joyce in the AO Arena in Manchester in September last year, will start the contest as a big outsider, but will have high hopes that he can spring a surprise.
The date scheduled for these fights was originally being held for Fury v Oleksandr Usyk, but that bout is now set to take place early in the New Year.
here's everything you need to know ahead of Wilder v Parker...
The heavyweight bout will take place on Saturday 23rd December, 2023.
If it follows the same pattern as Fury's bout against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia, the main card is likely to start at 18:00 UK time.
It is unknown on exact timings, but the ringwalks for the main event are likely to start at around 22:00 UK time.
The whole card will take place at the state-of-the-art Kingdom Arena in Saudi Arabia.
The 'Day of Reckoning' card will be available live on DAZN as a pay-per-view event in the UK, priced at £19.99.
No, as the WBC heavyweight title has been the only major world title held by Deontay Wilder in his professional career.
However, it is believed that if Joshua and Wilder both succeed, they could clash in a much-discussed fight between two of the division's biggest punchers.
43-2-1 (42 KOs)
Wilder has lost only two of his 46 fights, with both of his defeats coming at the hands of the undefeated Fury.
He was also held to a draw in the first of his trilogy fights with the Gypsy King, but otherwise has a faultless record, having won his other 43 fights.
With 42 of those wins coming by knockout, the 38-year-old, who is nicknamed The Bronze Bomber, is considered to be one of the most powerful punchers in the business.
Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020, making ten successful defences before faltering against Fury.
33-3 (23 KOs)
Parker held the WBO heavyweight title from 2016 to 2018 and he had made a scintillating start to his professional career with 24 straight victories.
His undefeated start came to an end against Anthony Joshua in his 25th fight, before he was beaten again by Dillian Whyte.
However, the New Zealander’s record now stands at 33 wins and three defeats, with 23 of his successes coming by knockout.
Unlike Wilder, who has not been in action since beating Helenius in October last year, Parker has been kept busy in 2023, winning all three of his fights against Jack Massey, Faiga Opelu and Simon Kean.
This is a step up in grade, though and the 31-year-old knows he may have to deliver a career-best performance to notch a victory.
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