December 2, 2023
Day of Reckoning, Riyadh
Overview of Day of Reckoning Event
December 23 will see boxing go to a new level as Day of Reckoning takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with a few of the world’s leading heavyweights looking to make an emphatic statement. The event, eagerly anticipated across the globe, will see Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder share the spotlight for the same time as they partake in separate fights with victory for both potentially setting up another huge event in 2024.
Anticipation for Day of Reckoning in Riyadh
For years, Joshua and Wilder have been on a collision course with both men blitzing their way through a number of contenders. In recent years, both fighters have had to endure numerous hard nights, but their desire to be the best still remains and we could finally find out who is the better fighter next year.
Highlighting Key Matchups
Anthony Joshua’s Challenge Against Otto Wallin
At Day of Reckoning, Joshua will be opposed by the durable Swede, Otto Wallin, and he’ll need to be at his best to avoid an upset. Wallin almost shocked the world in 2019 when he pushed Tyson Fury close, and he enters the bout in good form following a solid win over Murat Gassiev earlier this year.
Deontay Wilder’s Bout with Joseph Parker
For Wilder, he’ll also receive a stern test when he goes in with former world champion, Joseph Parker. The New Zealander was defeated by Joe Joyce last year, but he’s rebounded with three wins since that setback and his reward for that fine run is a showdown with one of the biggest punchers in boxing today.
Potential Implications of Day of Reckoning
The Road to a Showdown in 2024
For Wilder and Joshua, this event will provide each man with the opportunity to demonstrate they are still capable at the highest level, and it will whet the appetite of fight fans who want to see the pair clash next year. Wallin and Parker will both be eager to rip up the script and if they do, they can also look forward to lucrative battles in 2024.
Additional Bouts at Day of Reckoning
Elsewhere at Day of Reckoning, Daniel Dubois will be aiming to bounce back from his August loss to Oleksandr Usyk when he goes in with Jarrell Miller. The New York fighter made his presence known at the press conference and if he can get past Dubois, he’ll be looking to land himself another huge fight in the near future.
Dmitry Bivol will box at Day of Reckoning as he returns to the ring after 13 months of inactivity. Bivol will want to face the winner of January’s bout between Artur Beterbiev and Callum Smith, but first, he must get past Lyndon Arthur as he defends his WBA light-heavyweight belt against the Manchester man.
Jai Opetaia has earned widespread acclaim for his recent performances at cruiserweight, and he made light work of Jordan Thompson earlier this year. At Day of Reckoning, Opetaia will be in action again and he’ll have another Brit to get past as he goes in with Ellis Zorro.
The Significance of Day of Reckoning in Boxing History
Day of Reckoning has created a buzz in boxing that hasn’t been felt for a very long time. Several of the world’s biggest profiles and best fighters will be in action, and this has all the ingredients to be one of the best boxing shows of all time. 2023 is almost over but Day of Reckoning could be the platform that makes the 2024 one of boxing’s best ever years.
When is Day of Reckoning?
Day of Reckoning will take place on December 23
Who’s fighting on Day of Reckoning?
The Full Card for Day of Reckoning
- Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin; Heavyweight
- Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker; Heavyweight
- Dmitry Bivol vs. Lyndon Arthur; For Bivol’s WBA light heavyweight title
- Daniel Dubois vs. Jarrell Miller; Heavyweight
- Jai Opetaia vs. Ellis Zorro; For Opetaia’s IBF cruiserweight title
- Filip Hrgovic vs. Mark de Mori; Heavyweight
- Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Agit Kabayel; For Kabayel’s European heavyweight title
- Frank Sanchez vs. Junior Fa; Heavyweight