Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will finally share the same fight night. Unfortunately, it won’t be against each other as they will appear in separate bouts in Saudi Arabia in one of the most fully-loaded fight nights in recent memory.
However, should they win their respective fights against Otto Wallin and Joseph Parker, the expectation is that Joshua and Wilder will meet in an epic heavyweight clash in 2024.
The main event finds Joshua pursuing his third win of 2023 when he squares off with Otto Wallin. The 34-year-old toppled Jermaine Franklin, scored an epic knockout of Robert Helenius, and looks to put an end to Wallin’s winning streak.
Wallin has been on a roll since dropping a decision to Tyson Fury in 2019, winning six consecutive fights. In his last outing, he earned a split decision victory over former unified cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev.
Wilder will take on former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in his first fight since October 2022, when he stopped Helenius in one round. The “Bronze Bomber” is looking to once again be a world champion after falling short in an epic trilogy with Tyson Fury. But he will have to put away a man who also has championship dreams and is riding a three-fight winning streak.
Elsewhere on the card, Dmitry Bivol will defend his WBA light heavyweight championship against Lyndon Arthur, Daniel Dubios will square off with Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller in a heavyweight clash, Filip Hrgovic will attempt to continue his climb into title contention against Mark De Mori, and undefeated former IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia returns to action, defending The Ring belt against Ellis Zorro.
The Sporting News will deliver up-to-the-minute updates on this stacked fight card. Stay tuned!
Day of Reckoning live updates, results, highlights
Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker
SN Unofficial Scorecard:
Round Two: Parker barely misses a big right hand as Wilder pulls away. Wilder shoots a jab that’s off the mark. Parker rolls inside and goes to the body. Wilder lands a short left hand. He still hasn’t landed anything noteworthy.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Parker (20-18 Parker)
Round One: Parker takes the center of the ring as Wilder circles. Both are probing jabs. Parker lands a right hand over the top. Very tedious thus far. Parker sneaks a good right hand around the guard. The lack of action gives the round to Parker.
SN Unofficial Scorecard: 10-9 Parker
4:33 p.m. ET: We’re approaching the co-main event as Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) and Joseph Parker (33-3, 23 KOs) are set to do battle. Wilder must win in order to secure a megafight with Anthony Joshua, who must also win in the co-main event. Can Wilder get the job done? We’re going to round-by-round coverage of the co-main event next.
Dmitry Bivol retains WBA title with total domination over Lyndon Arthur
Scores: 120-107, 120-107 & 120-107
4:22 p.m. ET: We have finally had a fight go the distance but it wasn’t competitive at any point as Bivol swept every single scorecard. It also wasn’t terribly exciting. Not really the performance that will have people running to see Bivol fight but he remains to be one of the best in the world. Can we get the undisputed light heavyweight fight next between Bivol and the winner of Beterbiev-Smith next month?
4:15 p.m. ET: In the final seconds of the 11th round, Bivol delivered a left hook to the body that dropped Arthur. The challenger managed to rise but can Bivol finish the job and extend the evening of consecutive knockouts?
4:08 p.m. ET: There really hasn’t been much to say about this fight because Bivol is winning but not necessarily doing anything exciting to get there. Bivol continues to jab and look to work off the stick while Arthur just doesn’t have what it takes to make this interesting. Would we like to see Bivol gun for the finish? Sure. Will he? Probably not. This is a very Bivol kind of fight.
3:55 p.m. ET: Through six rounds it has been one-way traffic. Not necessarily the most exciting fight but Dmitry Bivol is in total control. Bivol has kept Arthur from doing much of anything behind the power jab. Bivol will occasionally fire a right hand after the set up and Arthur hasn’t done much of anything to take him out of his game.
3:41 p.m. ET: We are seeing a version of Dmitry Bivol that we haven’t seen in quite some time through two rounds. He’s ultra-aggressive and uses pressure to break down Arthur. Bivol hasn’t scored a knockout since stopping Sullivan Barrera back in 2018. That eight-fight streak without a finish may end tonight.
3:12 p.m. ET: We’re getting closer to the two heavyweight main events as Dmitry Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) is up next and will defend his WBA light heavyweight title against Lyndon Arthur (23-1, 16 KOs). It’s not too often we get to see one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world on the third fight before the main event.
Daniel Dubois silences Jarrell Miller with stoppage in final seconds
2:52 p.m. ET: Even though the win appeared to be in hand, Daniel Dubois went for the finish and took out Jarrell Miller with just seconds left in the fight. With Miller clearly slowed down and susceptible to the finish, Dubois stepped on the gas and fired a wicked salvo of punches that sent Miller careening into the ropes. Dubois refused to allow “Big Baby” to get to the final bell and tore into him until the referee stopped the fight with just 8 seconds left.
2:43 p.m. ET: Jarrell Miller has become a walking punching bag as Dubois is bouncing punches off of his head and torso. He’s still moving forward but it’s been slowed down by Dubois setting his feet and letting the punches rip. At the end of the eighth round, Dubois slammed a combination into Miller that sent him stumbling to his corner. The end could be near.
2:34 p.m. ET: Dubois has managed to stay afloat and win just about every round but it just feels like Miller is getting closer to drowning him with pressure. Dubois fought an excellent fifth round that used a strong jab and combination punches to rack up points. But Miller continues to press forward. In the sixth round, Miller started showing signs of exhaustion, which isn’t good when you are supposed to be the one breaking down Dubois.
2:18 p.m. ET: “Big Baby” has deployed a strategy where he’ll simply walk forward and use his massive presence to wear Dubois down. And after two rounds it appears to be working as Dubois is already growing tired having to punch, move and shove a man with a 100 pound weight advantage.
2:02 p.m. ET: After a lengthy delay, we are finally getting to Dubois-Miller. Expect more delays if this fight doesn’t go the distance.
1:37 p.m. ET: Perhaps the fight that has built up the most interest over the past few days is up next as Daniel Dubois (19-2, 18 KOs) meets Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (26-0-1, 22 KOs) in a grudge match. Miller will have a one-hundred-pound weight advantage and has berated Dubois all week (and everyone on the card, really). He’ll have to back up his trash talk against Dubois, who is coming off of a loss to Oleksandr Usyk in his last fight while Miller beat Lucas Browne by 6th round stoppage in March.
Agit Kabayel puts Arslanbek Makhmudov down three times for 4th round TKO
1:15 p.m. ET: The monster has been tamed. Makhmudov was exposed by Kabayel’s footwork and body shots to pull off the upset by getting the fourth-round stoppage. Makhmudov’s awful footwork and terrible defense were taken advantage of by Kabayel with lateral movement and body punches. The body shots paid off in the fourth round as he completely sapped the giant of his energy in the fourth round. Three knockdowns later and Kabayel pulls off the big upset.
12:51 p.m. ET: Arslanbek Makhmudov (18-0, 17 KOs) faces fellow undefeated heavyweight Agit Kabayel (23-0, 15 KOs) next. Makhmudov has been pegged as one of the scariest heavyweights around and will have a chance to prove it tonight.
Jai Opetaia destroys Ellis Zorro with one punch in the first round
12:37 p.m. ET: Frustrations were taken out as Jai Opetaia obliterated Ellis Zorro with a single left hook in the opening round. Zorro had never tasted defeat before and he may still be asking where he is after Opetaia’s left hook sent him crashing to the canvas in frightening fashion. He’s the best cruiserweight in the world but how good can Opetaia eventually be?
12:25 p.m. ET: Coming up next is the best cruiserweight in the world, Jai Opetaia (23-0, 18 KOs). He’ll face Ellis Zorro (17-0, 7 KOs). What’s unfortunate is that Opetaia should still be recognized as the IBF cruiserweight champion but was unceremoniously stripped for accepting a fight in Saudi Arabia, which is both disgraceful and ridiculous. Opetaia is certainly brooding over this decision and is expected to take his frustrations out on Zorro.
Filip Hrgovic steamrolls overmatch Mark De Mori in one round
12:08 p.m. ET: It was the biggest mismatch on the card and Hrgovic wasted little time making it a short night. The Olympic bronze medalist landed a hard right hand that produced a delayed reaction and sent De Mori to a knee. It was clear that De Mori was in over his head as Hrgovic hunted his wounded prey and landed several more bombs to finish the job within three minutes.
11:58 p.m. ET: Up next Filip Hrgovic (16-0, 13 KOs) taking on Mark De Mori (41-1-2, 36 KOs) in heavyweight action. Don’t know who De Mori is? Most don’t. The 41-year-old’s biggest fight was a 1st round TKO loss to David Haye back in 2016. Hrgovic is back in action after an ugly 12th-round TKO win over Demsey McKean in August that followed a win over Zheli Zhang in a fight most thought he lost.
Frank Sanchez finishes Junior Fa with 7th round TKO
11:53 a.m. ET: Sanchez finally caught Fa slipping by putting a right hand behind a jab that put Fa down at the end of the sixth. With the range being found, Sanchez dropped Fa again with a wicked combination a minute into the seventh round. A switch was flipped as Sanchez went into full seek-and-destroy mode before clobbering Fa with another right hand to end the fight with less than a minute to go in the round. That’s the Frank Sanchez we need to see more of.
11:43 a.m. ET: Well, like most Frank Sanchez fights this has been relatively uneventful through five rounds. Sanchez is ahead but he hasn’t stepped on the gas and tested a fighter who hasn’t been in the ring in over a year. Sanchez is certainly talented but his penchant for having underwhelming outings is going to prevent him from stepping into stardom.
11:15 a.m. ET: Kicking things off is a pair of heavyweights as the undefeated Frank Sanchez (23-0, 16 KOs) will face Junior Fa (20-2, 11 KOs). Fa is 1-2 in his last three fights and ended a two-fight losing streak to Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker by beating unheralded Tussi Asafo in October 2022. Sanchez fought in September and stopped Scott Alexander in four rounds.
11 a.m. ET: We are live! One of the most stacked boxing cards in the history of the sport is getting ready to begin. But just because it is stacked doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it will produce fireworks…or does it? Buckle up because it’s time to find out over the next few hours with a ridiculous lineup of fights.
10 a.m. ET: Hello everyone, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Joshua vs. Wallin, Wilder vs. Parker, and the entire Day of Reckoning card.
When is Day of Reckoning: Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin?
The Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin card begins at 11 a.m. ET on December 23. Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally:
|Main Card Start Time
|Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
|USA and Canada (ET)
|Saturday, December 23
|11 a.m. ET
|5:30 p.m. ET
|USA and Canada (PT)
|Saturday, December 23
|8 a.m. PT
|2:30 p.m. PT
|UK and Ireland
|Saturday, December 23
|4 p.m. GMT
|10:30 p.m. GMT
|Sunday, December 24
|3 a.m. AEDT
9:30 a.m. AEDT
How to watch Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin: TV channel, live stream
Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin PPV price: How much does the fight cost?
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|$19.99 on a 12-month contract or $24.99 month-to-month
|$24.99 per month
|UK and Ireland
|£9.99 on a 12-month contract or £19.99 month-to-month
Day of Reckoning full card
- Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin
- Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker
- Dmitry Bivol def. Lyndon Arthur (120-107, 120-107 & 120-107) to retain the WBA light heavyweight title
- Daniel Dubois def. Jarrell Miller via 10th round TKO (2:52)
- Agit Kabayel def. Arslanbek Makhmudov via 4th round TKO (2:03)
- Jai Opetaia def. Ellis Zorro via 1st round TKO (2:56) to retain The Ring cruiserweight titles
- Filip Hrgovic def. Mark De Mori via 1st round TKO (1:46)
- Frank Sanchez def. Junior Fa via 7th round TKO (2:42)