Joshua’s comeback: date, arena, possible opponents


Former unified heavyweight champion Briton Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) will return to the ring on March 25 or April 1. About it
declared fighter promoter Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing).

Interestingly, this time Joshua will perform not at the stadium, but at a relatively small (by the standards of a fighter) O2 arena in London (England), designed for 18 thousand spectators.

The name of the opponent has not yet been announced, but almost certainly it will not be a rematch with compatriot Dillian Whyte (29-3, 19 KOs) – this fight will gather a lot more viewers.

However, officially it is not excluded from the list of possible rivals. It also includes Olympic medalist Zhang Zhilei (24-1-1, 19 KOs) from China, Otto Wallin (24-1.1 4 KOs) from Sweden and Jermain Franklin (21-1, 14 KOs) from the USA.

According to rumors, Zhilei and Wallin also have an alternative offer – Briton Joe Joyce, an interim WBO champion, is not averse to boxing with them.

Apparently, Hearn plans to make Joshua three fights in 2023. He will face White in the second. Priority for fight number 3 is the long-awaited, but slightly outdated fight with former WBC champion American puncher Deontay Wilder.

According to Hearn, Fury’s resume is worse than Joshua’s. And the WBC reacted to Wilder’s statement – he prefers to fight Anthony instead of the organization’s eliminator. Earlier it became known that Joshua again travels around the United States in search of a new coach.