Joshua and Dubois Set for Wembley Showdown in 2024

Heavyweight Division: Future Fights in 2024/25

The heavyweight division has been reignited with the rise of an undisputed champion. Oleksandr Usyk’s victory over Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has placed the Ukrainian at the pinnacle of boxing’s glamour division. As fans eagerly anticipate future bouts, let’s delve into what lies ahead for the heavyweight division in 2024/25.

Usyk vs. Fury Rematch: The Battle for Supremacy

The highly anticipated rematch between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury is slated for 21 December. Initially planned for October, this bout could mark the final chapter of Usyk’s illustrious career at 37, while Fury, 35, seeks redemption following his first career defeat.

However, there is a twist in the tale. Usyk has requested an exception from the IBF, which has threatened to strip him of his title unless he fights his mandatory challenger. The IBF’s decision to make Daniel Dubois’ recent bout with Filip Hrgovic an ‘interim’ title fight further complicates matters. Should Usyk be stripped of his IBF belt before the rematch, Dubois will be promoted to world champion, significantly impacting the division’s dynamics.

Deontay Wilder’s Future: A Career in Question

Deontay Wilder’s recent brutal stoppage defeat by Zhilei Zhang has left fans concerned. Once the most feared puncher in boxing, Wilder has struggled in his last two fights, with losses to Joseph Parker and Zhang casting doubt on his future in the sport.

Wilder, who turns 39 in October, hinted at retirement if he suffered another defeat, but no official announcement has been made. Despite this, he remains a popular figure, especially among Saudi Arabian promoters. Whether Wilder chooses to continue or hang up his gloves remains a significant point of speculation.

Joshua vs. Dubois: A Clash of Comeback Kings

Anthony Joshua, 34, is enjoying a resurgence with three consecutive stoppages since losing his titles to Usyk in 2022. He is set to headline at Wembley Stadium on 21 September, with Daniel Dubois as the frontrunner for the bout.

Dubois, also on a comeback trail, presents an enticing challenge for Joshua. The fight could gain further significance if the IBF strips Usyk of his title, potentially making it a world-title affair. Another potential opponent for Joshua is Joseph Parker, given his recent victories over Zhang and Wilder.

A victory for Joshua could set up a highly anticipated showdown with Fury within the next 12 months, especially if either man claims or retains a world title.

Exciting Heavyweight Prospects

Beyond the headline acts, the British heavyweight scene is buzzing with talent. Joe Joyce is set to continue his comeback against Derek Chisora on 27 July, promising a bruising encounter. The rematch between Fabio Wardley and Frazer Clarke, scheduled for autumn, follows their thrilling draw in April.

Johnny Fisher, the undefeated ‘Romford Bull’, will headline against Alen Babic on 6 July in London, while English heavyweight champion Solomon Dacres defends his title against David Adeleye on 20 July in Birmingham. Martin Bakole, leading the WBA rankings, and teenage sensation Moses Itauma, with nine wins (seven by knockout), are also fighters to watch.

The heavyweight division is set for an electrifying period in 2024/25. With potential rematches, comeback stories, and rising stars, boxing enthusiasts have much to look forward to. As the landscape shifts, the promise of thrilling bouts and new champions keeps the excitement alive in the world of heavyweight boxing.

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