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Anthony Joshua seeks to safe face in in Riyadh bout against Otto Wallin

Posted : 22 December 2023

It has been a year and a half since Anthony Joshua faced adversity in the boxing ring, suffering back-to-back defeats against Oleksandr Usyk. The London 2012 Olympics champion found himself at a crossroads, battling criticism suggesting he was past his prime and contemplating retirement. However, Joshua, now 34, is determined to prove his resilience. After taking the entirety of 2022 off, he secured a points win against Jermaine Franklin and followed it up with a crucial knockout victory over Robert Helenius, signaling a resurgence in his career.


Reflecting on the challenging period, Joshua acknowledges the doubts and self-questioning but emphasizes that he has rediscovered his purpose. He is eager to be a formidable competitor and fighter, a sentiment that has fueled his comeback. His upcoming bout against Otto Wallin in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is pivotal. A victory would solidify his path to redemption, setting the stage for potential blockbuster matchups with long-time rival Deontay Wilder or a shot at a vacant world title. However, a loss to Wallin could derail these plans, making it a crucial moment in Joshua's career.


The Swede Wallin, known for his tenacity, poses a challenge that Joshua cannot afford to underestimate. With a rematch clause in place, the stakes are high, and Joshua's supporters understand the significance of this bout. While a loss wouldn't necessarily mark the end of Joshua's career, it would undoubtedly be a setback, making a triumph against Wallin imperative for the former two-time champion's journey back to the summit of the heavyweight division.


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