Opinion | Jan 14 2018

Why Joshua-Wilder is likely for 2018

Eric Armit explains why the forthcoming year could be the best in a long time in his latest Snips and Snipes column
Anthony Joshua
Anthony-Joshua  |  Lawrence Lustig/Matchroom

I AM not much of a one for looking back particularly when 2018 already holds so much to look forward to. By the end of the year, for the first time since the WBO entered the scene in 1989, and Francesco Damiani won their initial heavyweight title, we have the prospect of fighter holding all four versions of the title.

The Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker fight, which now seems just about set for 31 March in Cardiff, will unify the IBF, WBA and WBO titles. It then must be the next logical step that the winner of March 3 fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz for the WBC portion will want to go against the winner of Joshua vs. Parker. With all due respect to Parker and Ortiz (but a bit less of that respect to drugs cheat Ortiz) the fight the public will hope for is Joshua-Wilder. There is no way that either of these two fighters could walk away from that fight not just because of the money but also out of pride and, even at this stage of their careers, their legacies.

For me that Joshua-Wilder match would be the fight of 2018 but if that is not enough we will also have Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez II, the all-British super middleweight fight between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr and a super-flyweight extravaganza in Inglewood on February 24.


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