A huge card in Saudi Arabia sees two former world champions go head-to-head in the form of Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker. 

For Wilder, this will be his first fight since a win over Robert Helenius in October 2022, but if the American can get the victory, a much-awaited clash with Anthony Joshua could be on the horizon in 2024. 

Parker is by far the more active fighter coming into this contest and already has experience when it comes to fighting in Saudi Arabia after beating Simon Kean with a third round knockout in October. 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Wilder vs. Parker.

Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker

When is Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker?
  • Date: Saturday, December 23   
  • Start time: 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET
  • Ringwalks (approx): 10:30 p.m. UK / 5:30 p.m. ET

The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET. Ringwalks for this fight are scheduled for 10:30 p.m. UK / 5:30 p.m. ET, but these timings are subject to change due to the length of the undercard fights.

What has been said?

"It was a fantastic performance by Joseph Parker," Higgins told Sky Sports.

"He showed he was explosive and showed great power. Simon Kean was a big guy and Joseph knocked him out with an uppercut. It was his third victory this calendar year and Deontay Wilder will be the fourth. We like the momentum that Joseph has heading into this massive opportunity in Saudi Arabia.

"Any heavyweight can knock out a heavyweight. Joseph has got over 20 knockouts on his resume. Wilder has got a huge punch, one of the biggest in history, but Joseph does have some advantages. He is the better boxer, he's quicker. It's naive to write anyone off.

"Joseph was a world champion, so was Wilder. Wilder may have a massive punch, but outside of that, he's not as well developed as Joseph. It's a winnable fight for Joseph Parker, if he brings his A-game and we see the best Joseph Parker on the night."

"Yeah I do [believe Parker can stop Parker]. He put Chisora down a few times with the uppercut. It's all about connecting with a well-timed punch. Of course he can knock out Deontay Wilder."

Parker's reign as the WBO champion was ended by a points loss to Joshua in 2018, but the 31-year-old remains eager to face the British star again in a rematch.

"Victory will catapult him right up back to the top of the conversation," said Higgins.

"He could credibly ask for a rematch with Anthony Joshua for example, but also challenge for a world title in 2024."




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