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Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder fight purse, salaries for 2023 Day of Reckoning boxing card

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At one point, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder were on top of the boxing world. Both are former heavyweight champions who are ready to return to the top. Joshua will look to do so against Otto Wallin, while Wilder faces Joseph Parker on December 23. Those fights in Saudi Arabia air on DAZN PPV.

Joshua is a former two-time unified heavyweight champion. The Brit is on a two-fight win streak after losing twice to Oleksandr Usyk. His last fight was a knockout win over Robert Helenius. He faces someone in Wallin who almost upset Tyson Fury in 2019. Knowing how unpredictable boxing can be, Joshua is not taking his opponent lightly.

“I’m here to fight, I’m not here to party and get caught up in the glitz and glamour. I want to fight,” Joshua said. “I want to perform well. I put that pressure on myself. Of course I’m tense because I want to perform. I want to win. I’ve got that urge to win. I want to hurt my opponent as well.

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Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder last fought in October 2022 when he knocked out Helenius in the first round. That was his first fight since completing a trilogy against Fury, who fought “The Bronze Bomber” to a draw before stopping him twice. He competes for the first time in over 400 days against Parker, a former WBO heavyweight champion who has already won three fights in 2023. With over 40 wins via knockout, Wilder looks to add Parker to his list.

“I’m looking forward to letting him do the little hula-hoop dance after I punch him. I wanna knock him out of the ring,” Wilder told The Sporting News. “I’ve never knocked a man out of the ring. I wanna knock him out of the ring, but I don’t want nobody to hold him when he falls out. I want him to fall straight on the floor, on the ground, with his arm folded out, looking up into the sky, in la-la land, as if he’s on mushrooms.”

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Joshua and Wilder signed to face off in March 2024 if they both win their fights. It is a match years in the making, as the two have been rumored to fight since around 2017.

The Sporting News looks into how much Joshua and Wilder could make at the Day of Reckoning show, their purse history, as well as what they could make if they fight one another in 2024.

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