On December 23, Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin will clash gloves in Saudi Arabia. Here are five standout takes on the night's bout and the head-to-head match-up.
Usyk's Take: This Match is Top-Notch:
"I'm clueless about who'll come out on top. I'm just gonna be another spectator. It's ace that we've got a bash like this. Parker versus Wilder - that's a solid scrap, and Joshua facing Wallin is no different. Miller's all mouth - not a fan of the guy."
Barry McGuigan, Trainer, Predicts a Rapid Joshua Triumph:
"In my book, Joshua's tangle with Wallin is a non-starter. Anthony's gonna floor him in six. The real deal everyone's itching for is Joshua versus Wilder. Wilder's got that knockout clout and can strike from afar. Why bother with another fight first? Just seems pointless."
Hearn Hints at a Title Shot Post-Victory:
"If the title's up for grabs next year, it's gonna be a head-to-head for the top spot. AJ taking down Wallin puts him in the ring for a vacant title showdown with Hrgovic."
Wallin's in Fighting Spirits, Recalling Past Glories:
"I gave Fury and Gassiev a tough time, and I'm ready to do the same to Joshua."
Joshua's Confident - Eyeing a Landmark Win:
"He reckons my career's on the ropes. Just hot air. He's only digging his own pit. But that's just the ticket - we need a bit of banter. This isn't the final bell for me. Think of it as a checkpoint. 2024, I'm gunning for bigger and better. I'm all geared up to reclaim my prime," Joshua asserts.
The December 23 fight night isn't just about Joshua and Wallin. Wilder, Parker, Miller, Dubois, Hrgović, and others will also be stepping into the ring.