If you thought Boxing Day was on December 26, think again, as some of the biggest names in the sport come together for an incredible card on December 23.
Dubbed “The Day of Reckoning”, Antony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will co-headline in Riyadh against different opponents, warming the cockles for their inevitable meeting sometime in 2024.
As well as those two, we have some huge names from the heavyweight division, plus the number one cruiserweight and number one light-heavyweight in action.
We are still over a month out from this boxing bonanza, but let’s take an early look at some of the betting:
Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin
This is the first time Anthony Joshua (26-3, 23 KO) will fight three times in the year since 2016, and it’s against a live opponent in Otto Wallin.
Wallin (26-1, 14 KO) is best known for pushing Tyson Fury all the way in 2019 but is a tricky, tough southpaw. The Swede has run 6-0 since cutting Tyson Fury in Las Vegas, including an impressive recent win over Murat Gassiev.
Joshua has only won by KO in three of his last nine fights, so will be looking to make a statement as he returns to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the Andy Ruiz rematch.
- Anthony Joshua to beat Otto Wallin by KO/TKO or Disqualification is 15/8 bet365
Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker
Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KO), who’s had less than three minutes of ring time in the last two years, squares off with Joseph Parker (33-3, 23 KO) for his most dangerous non-Fury fight since Luis Ortiz.
Parker is 3-0 over limited opposition since falling short against Joe Joyce, while Wilder returned to the win column two October ago by smoking Robert Helenius.
- Deontay Wilder to beat Joseph Parker in Rounds 1-3 is 15/4 bet365
Dmitry Bivol vs Lyndon Arthur
Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11KO) is the number one light-heavyweight on the planet and will be patiently waiting to see the outcome of Artur Beterbiev vs Callum Smith in January to set up an undisputed contest.
It’s hard to see Lyndon Arthur (23-1, 16KO) putting a dent in the technically sound Russian, especially considering Arthur’s back-foot, tippy-tap style.
Bivol’s inactivity is the only question, but he’ll use this match-up to get some rust off before a big 2024.
- Dmitry Bivol to beat Lyndon Arthur is 1/16 with bet365
Daniel Dubois vs Jarrell Miller
Daniel Dubois (19-2, 18 KO) vs Jarrell Miller (26-0-1, 22 KO) is arguably the most interesting fight on the card.
Miller is well known to the boxing world for all the wrong reasons in failing multiple drug tests, and Dubois is looking to bounce back after defeats to Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk in his last six fights.
Miller is a big dude, but hasn’t fought someone with the schooling and power of “DDD”. Miller seems like the kind of guy who talks a better game than he can walk.
- Daniel Dubois to beat Jarrell Miller is 1/5 with bet365
Jai Opetaia vs Ellis Zorro
IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia (23-0, 18 KO) makes his second defence in three months against Ellis Zorro (17-0, 7 KO).
Zorro has a padded unbeaten record but has never contested a 12-round fight. Opetaia is expected to rematch Mairis Briedis in 2024, and Zorro will unlikely scupper these plans.
- Jai Opetaia to beat Ellis Zorro is 1/20 with bet365
Frank Sanchez vs Junior Fa
Frank Sanchez (23-0, 16 KO) and Junior Fa (20-2, 11 KO) are two guys looking to make a splash in the heavyweight division and will be banking on a victory in order to increase their stock.
The Cuban, Sanchez, is a big favourite, but Fa may be getting overlooked after a shock KO defeat to Lucas Browne in 2022.
Fa has taken Joseph Parker the distance in a competitive fight.
- Frank Sanchez to beat Junior Fa is 1/16 with bet365
Filip Hrgovic vs Mark De Mori
There is a chance that Filip Hrgovic (16-0, 13 KO) could turn out to be the boogeyman of the heavyweight division, but it’s unlikely we are going to learn anything more of that as he takes on Mark De Mori (41-2-2, 36 KO).
De Mori is known to the boxing world after taking on David Haye in 2016. He may have fought 11 fights since, but the 41-year-old has been fighting guys with losing records.
Hrgovic will need to make a quick statement here to impress anyone.
- Filip Hrgovic to beat Mark De Mori is 1/50 with bet365
Arslanbek Makhmudov vs Agit Kabayel
Big-hitting Arslanbek Makhmudov (18-0, 17 KO) crushed Junior Anthony Wright in a joke of a fight three weeks back but now faces a genuine test in Agit Kabayel (23-0, 15 KO).
This marks Kabayel’s first major fight since scoring a breakout win over Derek Chisora in 2017, signing with Top Rank, and immediately going back to crushing cans in his native Germany instead of stepping up.
- Arslanbek Makhmudov to beat Agit Kabayel is 1/9 with bet365