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The Big Question: How does a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder play out if it happens next year?

Deontay Wilder
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This week's panellists are asked to imagine what will happen when current world heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua finally share a ring

Wayne Alexander (Former European champion)

I would have to favour Wilder beating Joshua if they met next year. Deontay is probably the hardest puncher in boxing right now and so confident with it. And even though Joshua got his revenge over Ruiz, some would say it was a negative performance and that after getting stopped his confidence isn’t the same. Joshua would have to be 100 percent confident for this fight and I would be rooting for him.

Miles Shinkwin (Former English champion)

Technically, Wilder is poor, but he has dynamite in his hands and if he lands clean, you’re in trouble. Previous to Saturday, I thought Joshua got hit too much and that this would be the deciding factor, but now I’m more hopeful he can box Wilder’s ears off for 12 rounds. It’s a big ask to not get tagged for 36 minutes but Bermane Stiverne managed it, so it’s possible.

Derek Williams (Current British champion)

I think if Joshua vs. Wilder happened next year, boxing fans would be in for a treat. There are a few factors that would decide the outcome: they are both heavy hitters and can really punch. Also, they can both be hurt. So, for me, it would come down to who lands the big bomb first, who has the greater recovery and who wants it more.

Alan Hubbard (Journalist)

Despite Barry Hearn hailing the second coming of Anthony Joshua as the greatest resurrection since that of some 2000 years ago, AJ remains vulnerable and no one is better equipped to capitalise on that vulnerability than Wilder. I doubt Joshua would resist a right-hand that has the power of a bull elephant and the potency of a cobra’s spit.

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua with the titles he’s won back (Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing)

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