Frank Warren: Joshua, Wilder Trying To Get Back in The Mix in a Big Way

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Frank Warren believes there is a lot of pressure on former world champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

The two punchers will appear in separate fights, on the same card, on Saturday night in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua will headline the card, in a battle with top contender Otto Wallin.

Wilder will return to the ring for the first time in over a year, when he faces fellow former champion Joseph Parker.

Should Joshua and Wilder win, they are expected to face each other in the first quarter of 2024.

And the winner of that fight, says Warren, will be looking to get their hands on the victor of the undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, which takes place on February 17.

“They’re all under pressure. You’ve got two former world champions in AJ and Deontay, between them it was well over 10 years that they held the titles for between them. They’re trying to get themselves back into the mix in a big way,” Warren told The Daily Mail.

“They’ve got tough fights against two great guys. AJ’s opponent Wallin is a southpaw and AJ’s struggled a bit with southpaws in the past. Wallin is also coming off a really good win against Gassiev and he fancies himself for the job. 

“Then you have Deontay who is in with Parker, who had a good win last time out in Saudi Arabia. Those two challengers of the former world champions, they know how important it is for their careers that they win these fights. I think both of the former champions are in equally as tough fights. They can’t afford to slip up. 

“If they come through, they will fight each other. That’s where they are at. When they fight each other, the winner of that… down the road… will be looking at fighting the winner of Fury vs Usyk on the 17th of February for all the belts.”

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