Anthony Joshua is understood to have pushed back his return to early 2023 instead of boxing in December.
The former WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion is slated to return on December 17 in London, with Otto Wallin and Chris Arreola both named as opponents.
But, given the collapse of talks to fight WBC champion Tyson Fury, Joshua is understood to be making a comeback.
Joshua last fought in August when he lost to Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah and Eddie Hearn, his promoter, had initially outlined a plan for the fights as a world tour to get him back into the ring. winning the world cup.
However, that didn’t seem to be resolved when Joshua accepted the offer to fight Fury, with the December 3 date.
Hearn said he wants negotiations to be completed quickly to ensure that Joshua can compete in December if negotiations break down because he is keen to get back to work.
Talks broke down, with Fury preparing to fight Derek Chisora on December 3, a fight expected to be confirmed on Thursday, with Joshua deciding to back off rather than rush another opponent. I’m different.
He is likely to replace him in February or early March, possibly before his fight with Dillian Whyte next summer. Whyte will make his return to the ring – after losing to Fury in April – before the end of the year.
Joshua has been training in Loughborough under Angel Fernandez, although there is no certainty about the plan to work with Robert Garcia in the future, who joined his team against Usyk.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was The Times’ Boxing Correspondent, where he worked from 2001-2019 – covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights around the world. He has written about boxing for various publications around the world since the 1980s.