Wednesday, February 28

Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder Is Off, Title Fight With Filip Hrgović Next In Line

Highlights

  • Anthony Joshua reasserted himself as one of the best heavyweight boxers with a sensational performance against Otto Wallin.
  • Joshua aims to become a three-time heavyweight champion and will likely fight Filip Hrgović in 2024.
  • Deontay Wilder lost to Joseph Parker, throwing away a potential blockbuster fight with Joshua.


Anthony Joshua reasserted himself as one of the best heavyweight boxers with a sensational performance against Otto Wallin. He now aims to become a three-time heavyweight champion when he very likely takes on Filip Hrgović in 2024. Deontay Wilder threw away the blockbuster fight with ‘AJ’ after being dominated and rocked by former WBO champion Joseph Parker who won easily on points.

Joshua showed his old-school aggression and technical mastery as he beatdown his amateur rival Wallin in just five rounds. The Swedish southpaw gave Tyson Fury a lot of trouble in 2019 by landing blows and giving him a nasty cut above his right eye. Joshua handed Parker his first loss in 2018, beating him and taking away his WBO heavyweight world title.

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Hrgovic and Joshua Are Next In Line For An IBF Title Shot

Eddie Hearn has verified that Anthony Joshua is now poised to face Filip Hrgovic for the vacant IBF heavyweight world title following Deontay Wilder’s recent defeat. Hearn stated, “We signed for Wilder, he lost tonight. Maybe it’s a blessing because AJ wants to become a three-time heavyweight world champion. It’s gonna be AJ vs Hrgovic for the world title.”

Having halted Otto Wallin, Joshua has secured the IBF #2 spot. This development suggests that the IBF is likely to mandate a bout between AJ and Filip Hrgovic (IBF #1) for the vacant IBF heavyweight world title, especially if the winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk opts to vacate the title in favor of an anticipated rematch.

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Anthony Joshua had previously kept the possibility of a much-anticipated bout with Deontay Wilder open. However, after Wilder suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Joseph Parker, who dominated all 12 rounds of their heavyweight clash, Joshua remained focused on his own path. When asked about his reaction to Wilder’s loss, Joshua responded, “I wasn’t watching. I was just focusing on myself. I heard Deontay lost, so what? He’ll be back. I’m going to take the higher ground, and I hope he comes back.”

During the interaction, Joshua turned to the fans in attendance, but the lukewarm response he received raised doubts about the potential for any future showdown between him and Wilder. Meanwhile, on the Day of Reckoning undercard, Hrgovic showcased his prowess by swiftly dispatching Mark de Mori in the opening round.

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