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Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin RECAP: Undercard results and JEFF POWELL'S round-by-round scores as AJ stops rival

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for round-by-round updates and undercard results from Saudi Arabia’s Day of Reckoning card including Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin and Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker.

That’s all for tonight…

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Boxing - Anthony Joshua v Otto Wallin - Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - December 24, 2023 Anthony Joshua celebrates after winning his fight against Otto Wallin REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri

Anthony Joshua dazzles in Saudi Arabia

Well, what a night it has been. We saw eight fights and six knockouts, with plenty of standout performances.

Arguably, the best of the lot came from Anthony Joshua, and here is Jeff Powell’s fight report after his one-sided beatdown of Otto Wallin.

Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder was set to be announced tonight

We were so close! Hearn has confirmed Joshua vs Wilder was signed and set to be announced tonight, but it now looks very unlikely after the latter’s defeat.

Joseph Parker and his trainer Andy Lee heap praise on each other after beating Deontay Wilder

Parker has actually gone one better than Joshua this year by winning four fights on the trot.

His career looked in limbo last year when he lost to Joe Joyce, but he has bounced back brilliantly in 2023 and has credited trainer Andy Lee for his turnaround.

Three out of three for Anthony Joshua in 2023

Meat Loaf famously sang ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’, but Joshua has gone one better this year.

This year has gone about as well as he could have hoped for, and he now looks set for a big 2024.

Anthony Joshua reminds everyone of his power

Joshua looked combersome at times in his fights earlier this year against Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius, but there were no signs of that tonight. He took Wallin apart, forcing the Swede’s corner to save their fighter for another day.

Lennox Lewis believes we could still see Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua

The Joshua vs Wilder fight may have gone up in smoke tonight, but Lewis thinks another super-fight could be possible instead.

Andy Ruiz congratulates Anthony Joshua at ringside

When foes become friends. Andy Ruiz was at ringside tonight to watch Joshua fight Wallin and the pair shared a handshake after AJ’s convincing win.

They fanously fought twice in 2019, with both fighters getting a victory apiece.

Zhilei Zhang ‘not impressed’ by Joseph Parker’s win over Deontay Wilder

Lennox Lewis mentioned Zhang as a possible next opponent for Joshua.

The giant heavyweight was certainly watching tonight, but has claimed he was ‘not impressed’ by the co-main event which saw Parker get the better of Wilder.

Is that it for Deontay Wilder?

Wilder hinted at possible retirement after losing tonight. He admitted that the fire inside him may have gone out a little bit. Will we see ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the ring again?

Deontay Wilder mocked for his ‘McDonald’s straws legs’

It was nightmare night for Wilder as he was comprehensively beaten by Joseph Parker. And fans weren’t just focusing on his wild punches either…

A reminder of Daniel Dubois’ impressive win over Jarrell Miller

What a night it has been!

Daniel Dubois returned to winning ways as he finally stopped Jarrell Miller in the closing second of their 10-rounder.

Here is Jeff Powell’s fight report…

Frank Warren says Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk will prove who the best heavyweight is

Eddie Hearn claimed Joshua is the best heavyweight on the planet, but Frank Warren disagrees.

Summing up the night for TNT Sports, he insists the real heavyweight king will be crowned when Fury faces Usyk in Saudi Arabia on February 17.

Immediate reaction from Anthony Joshua to his dominant win

Dev Sahni praises Anthony Joshua after press conference and interview beef

TNT Sports presenter Dev Sahni was involved in an awkward interview with Joshua earlier this week, but has still hailed AJ’s performance on X tonight.

Francis Ngannou congratulates Anthony Joshua and hints at future showdown

A fight between Joshua and Ngannou has been talked up after Ngannou took Tyson Fury to the brink in October.

The former UFC champion has praised Joshua for his dismantling of Wallin tonight.

He also used the hashtag #NgannouJoshua, making it clear he wants to face the Brit in the near future.

Carl Frampton: Anthony Joshua ‘can become a champion again’

Frampton was very impressed by AJ tonight and believes he can reach the top of the mountain again before hanging his gloves up.

Lennox Lewis calls for Anthony Joshua to face Zhilei Zhang

Lennox Lewis is not completely convinced that Joshua is back to hsi best and wants him to take on a tougher challenge next.

He has called for the Brit to take on China’s Zhilei Zhang after he beat Joe Joyce twice earlier this year.

Eddie Hearn: Anthony Joshua ‘is back’

Hearn says: ‘I believe that this Anthony Joshua is the best heavyweight in the world.

‘In this mindset, with this team, I believe he’s unbeatable.’

When asked about Wilder losing, Hearn adds: ‘Maybe it’s a blessing, because he is all about championships. Every heavyweight should be on notice, he’s back!

Anthony Joshua: ‘Just another day in the office’

Joshua refuses to grade his performance in the ring and insists this was not a ‘throwback’ to the old days when he blitzed through the heavyweight division.

He adds: ‘I’ve worked hard, all that history with Otto paid off today. I’m just a gifted fighter that has a special gift and today was just my day.’

When asked about Wilder losing, Joshua says: ‘I wasn’t watching. I’m just sitting there focusing on myself. I wanted to be victorious, I had to focus.

‘I could rip him (Wilder) apart, but I’m going to take the higher ground. Look at Dubois this evening, he’s come back, and if he wants he can come back. I’m sure people still want to see that fight.’

When asked if this has been a successful year, he says: ‘WE’ve got bigger ambitions than that.’

He wants a world title next!

Vintage Anthony Joshua

That was the performance we’ve been waiting for from Joshua for some time. He looked back to his best, and he’s all smiles as he salutes the crowd.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory following the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

It’s all over! Anthony Joshua wins as Otto Wallin’s corner stops the fight!

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory as Referee Steve Gray announces him as winner following the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Five: Anthony Joshua wobbles Otto Wallin!

Joshua wobbles Wallin with a right-left combination and the Swede backs off to the ropes.

He senses that a finish could be on the cards, but Wallin hangs on. Big round for Joshua.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin exchange punches during the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Four: Anthony Joshua upping the tempo

Joshua is starting to grow in confidence and he lands a good right hand to the body. Not quite got his straight right hand through the middle to land cleanrly yet, but that’s another round in the bank.

Round Three: Anthony Joshua in control so far

Joshua is putting his shots together more than we have seen in recent fights.

He lands a right hand and then a left hook which briefly wobbles Wallin, but it looked like more of a stumble.

Still that’s three rounds in the bag for Joshua.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Joshua punches Otto Wallin during the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Two: Otto Wallin bleeding from his nose

Joshua is looking for that straight right hand through the middle.

His jab is also working quite well as he lands a couple on the Swede. Wallin is already marked up on the nose.

Round One: Positive start from Anthony Joshua

Good start from Joshua as he lands a right hand to the body that appears to bother Wallin.

Joshua keeps looking for that right hand, but just falls short on a couple of occasions.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin exchange punches during the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin starts…

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Michael Bugger utters those immortal words and we are almost ready to go…

Anthony Joshua is on his way

Will we see Joshua back to his best tonight? We will soon find out as he makes his way to the ring in his usual white robe.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Joshua prepares prior to the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Otto Wallin enters the ring to ABBA

Wallin makes his way to the ring, and he honours his fellow Swedes ABBA by coming in to ‘The Winner Takes It All’.

He looks confident, can he pull this off?

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Otto Wallin makes his ring walk prior to the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Main event time!

The fighters are just about to enter the ring. Can Joshua get the job done, or will we get another upset in Saudi Arabia tonight?

Tyson Fury celebrates Joseph Parker win

Parker thanked Fury in the aftermath of his victory, and the Gyspy King and his wife Paris have now responded on Instagram.

Francis Ngannou reacts to Deontay Wilder loss

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou enjoyed watching that Wilder defeat, having previously been in talks to fight the American.

Eddie Hearn: ‘I’ve never rated Deontay Wilder’

Hearn tells TNT Sports that Wilder’s loss has just upset their plans, but has urged Joshua to focus on the job in hand.

He claims he has never rated Wilder, and feels his loss was one of the most one-sided heavyweight fights I’ve ever seen’.

Anthony Joshua up next…

Joshua is just going through his final routine ahead of entering the ring.

What will that Wilder defeat have done to his mindset ahead of his own huge fight?

Deontay Wilder: ‘No excuses’

Now Wilder speaks and says ‘my timing was off’.

He praises Parker for his performance, but strangely claims he feels he had ‘the upper hand’.

Wilder admits talk of a fight with Anthony Joshua was ‘a little bit’ of a distraction this week, and fails to commit to continue fighting. He then says he ‘doesn’t know’ if he still has the fire he once had.

Joseph Parker: ‘Everyone had other plans, but this is God’s plan’

Parker speaks in the ring and says he just wanted to stay focused and win every round.

He admits ‘inactivity maybe played a big part’ for Wilder. Parker also admits Wilder caught him a few times, but ‘tonight’s my night’.

He labels Wilder ‘the toughest opponent I’ve faced’, and says Tyson Fury was a ‘massive help’ in preparation for the fight.

He finishes by saying ‘I’m back!’

Joseph Parker beats Deontay Wilder!

Joseph Parker is handed the unanimous decision, he has beaten Deontay Wilder!

By a huge margin as well, with one judge giving Parker every round for a 120-108 score. The other two judges had it 118-11 and 118-110.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Joseph Parker celebrates victory following the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Wilder raised his fist at the final bell

Wilder raised his hand at the final bell as if he had won the fight. Does he know something we don’t? It certainly didn’t look that way.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker react following the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

TNT Sports commentators think Parker has won comfortably

TNT Sports commentator Ritchie Woodhall has given Parker the decision by a wide margin, but will the judges agree? We’re about to find out…

Round 12: Joseph Parker has surely beaten Deontay Wilder!

Wilder shows his desperation as he hits Parker with a couple of blows on the top of the head in the clinch. He is rightly warned by the referee.

Wilder shows more urgency in the final round than in the entire rest of the fight and looks to briefly hurt Parker, but the Kiwi grits his teeth and comes firing back.

Parker looks really tired, but lands a straight right hand right on the button. He stays on his feet until the final bell, and surely Joseph Parker has beaten Deontay Wilder!

Round 11: Joseph Parker remains on top

Parker connects with a double jab as Wilder continues to swing away and only connect with thin air.

Wilder is getting a bit desperate now as Parker ties him up on the inside with ease. Parken then works his way out of a clinch with some good body work and that flurry may be enough to take the round.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker exchange punches during the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round 10: Joseph Parker six minutes away from victory

Wilder finally goes on the front foot, but his swings are wild and miss the target.

Parker then lunges in and lands a left hook over the top. Parker goes back on the front foot and may bank that round as well.

Round Nine: Deontay Wilder recovers but is well behind

Parker is really pushing the tempo, sensing that he could get the finish.

Wilder looks to have recovered, and finally lands a right hand right on the bell but Parker takes it. Not a lot in that round.

US' Deontay Wilder (L) competes with New Zealand's Joseph Parker during their heavyweight boxing match at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on December 23, 2023. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Round Eight: Joseph Parker stuns Deontay Wilder badly!

Wilder finally lands a right hand as Parker leaps in, but the Kiwi takes it well.

He holds on to recompose himself and then goes back to work.

And then with 45 seconds left, Parker lands a huge right hand and goes for the finish! Wilder is all over the place but he hears the bell. What a round for Parker!

Round Seven: Another positive three minutes for Joseph Parker

Not a lot in this round and then Parker lands a big right hand over the top with 30 seconds to go that Wilder takes well.

This is a difficult round to score, but it’s hard to see Wilder winning many of these seven rounds so far.

US' Deontay Wilder (L) competes with New Zealand's Joseph Parker during their heavyweight boxing match at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on December 23, 2023. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Round Six: Joseph Parker surely in front at halfway

Wilder is starting to throw the right hand more, but it’s not connecting with the target.

Wilder tries another right hand and maybe lands a glancing blow, but Parker looks to his corner and smiles. He’s the happier man as we reach the halfway stage.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker exchange punches during the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Five: Fight still waiting to explode into life

Parker is taking chances by launching attacks from out of range, but Wilder is yet to time him with a counter shot.

Perhaps another Parker round, who didn’t land much but at least tried to!

Round Four: Joseph Parker growing in confidence

Parker is growing in confidence and he catches Wilder on the ropes.

But Wilder fires back and comes within a whisker of landing his own right hand. That’s the danger shot.

The fight is starting to open up a bit more, but Parker remains on top.

Round Three: Parker just edging things so far

The pattern of the fight remains the same, and Parker just has to be a little careful that he doesn’t get caught with anything when he launches his attacks from afar.

Wilder falls in and Wilder lands a short uppercut on the inside but Parker takes it well. Parker then nails Wilder with a stiff jab. Another close round.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker exchange punches during the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Two: Very cautious start from both men

Parker wings in a big right hand but Wilder slips out of the way at the last second.

The pair finally exchange as Parker leaps in, but again, nothing lands cleanly. Not a lot to split them so far through the first two rounds.

Round One: Very cagey opening round

Wilder opts to stay on the outside as Parker follows him around the ring.

Plenty of respect from both men, with Parker showing a little more ambition but he fails to land anything of note.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Jospeh Parker and Deontay Wilder exchange punches during the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker begins…

Jarrell Miller praises Daniel Dubois

Jarrell Miller has taken to Instagram to insist that he didn’t quit tonight while also praising his opponent Daniel Dubois on his win.

Wilder and Parker will be getting underway in just a few moments…

And here comes Deontay Wilder…

They’ve pulled out all the stops for Wilder as he enters the ring with a crown and a glittering robe.

You don’t want to miss a second of this, Wilder has serious knockout power!

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Deontay Wilder looks on during his ring walk prior to the WBC International & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Michael Buffer is in the ring… as he introduces Joseph Parker

You know everything just got very serious when Michael Buffer gets in the ring!

He introduces Joseph Parker to the ring… here comes the underdog.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22: Joseph Parker flexes his muscles during the Day of Reckoning Weigh-in on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing via Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder is set to enter the ring with a crown on his head

We’ve just had a sneak peak inside Deontay Wilder’s dressing room as he is preparing to walk to the ring with a crown on his head.

The co-main event is just minutes away. Can Joseph Parker spoli Wilder’s plans to fight Joshua next year?

Will Deontay Wilder make a statement?

Wilder has not fought yet in 2023, so is looking to make up for lost time tonight.

Deontay Wilder is up NEXT

The Bronze Bomber is doing his final preparations before his co-main event bout with former WBO heavyweight world champion, Joseph Parker.

Limbering up for a haymaker…

Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev?

Eddie Hearn confirms that Bivol will look to face Beterbiev NEXT if the Russian can get past Brit Callum Smith in Canada on January 13.

Lyndon Arthur states in his post-fight interview that he believes Bivol would win that contest for th undisputed light-heavyweight title.

Hearn also says Bivol has a deal with Suadi Arabia for that potential fight.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Artur Beterbiev celebrates after defeating Anthony Yarde during their WBC, IBF and WBO light heavyweight Championship fight at OVO Arena Wembley on January 28, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robison/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Dmitry Bivol celebrates victory with the belts following the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Dmitry Bivol: ‘It was good sparring for me’

Bivol has compared the fight to a sparring session, suggesting it was far too easy for him.

He says in the ring that he ‘sees his path to undisputed’ as he calls for a fight with fellow champion Artur Beterbiev or Britain’s Callum Smith, with the duo set to face each other next month.

Bivol insists he doesn’t mind who he faces out of Beterbiev or Smith, he just wants the winner!

Dmitry Bivol beats Lyndon Arthur on points

All three judges score the bout 120-107 to Bivol who retains his title.

A brave effort from Arthur, but he was unable to win a round.

Round 12: Lyndon Arthur hears the final bell

Bivol wants the finish as he pummels Arthur on the ropes. The referee threatens to jump in to stop the fight, but Arthur holds on.

Arthur then lands a good body punch of his own before Bivol has one final go at forcing a stoppage.

Arthur deservedly hears the final bell but he probably hasn’t won a round against the classy Bivol tonight.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Dmitry Bivol punches Lyndon Arthur during the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round 11: Dmitry Bivol drops Lyndon Arthur with a body shot!

More of the same from Bivol and then he drops Arthur in the final seconds of the round with a sickening left hook to the body.

Arthur gets back to his feet and the bell saves him. Will we see a stoppage in the final round?

Cristiano Ronaldo taking selfies with fans at ringside

Round 10: Dmitry Bivol traps Lyndon Arthur in the corner

After his brief moment of success in round eight, Arthur is on the receiving end of some hurtful punches from Bivol once more.

He gets trapped in the corner and Bivol tees off. Another round for Bivol, will Arthur make it to the final bell?

Round Nine: Dmitry Bivol back in control

Bivol may have been hurt in the last round but he gets straight back to work in round nine and starts teeing off on Arthur in the corner.

The referee takes a close look, but Arthur parries the shots well gets himself out of trouble.

Good response from Bivol after a slight setback in round eight, though, and he clearly takes that round.

Round Eight: Lyndon Arthur hurts Dmitry Bivol to the body

The pattern of this fight hasn’t changed since the first bell.

Bivol continues to push forward and Arthur smiles at him, but he isn’t smiling when Bivol lands a body shot.

But then Arthur lands a body shot of his own and Bivol is briefly hurt! He goes into his shell but then finishes the round strongly. That’s the best round of the fight so far.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Lyndon Arthur punches Dmitry Bivol during the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Seven: Dmitry Bivol coasting

Arthur has not been hurt for a few rounds now but he is not inflicting any damage of his own either.

Bivol steps in and out of range so well, and looks so classy when he rattles off his combinations. We are only just over halfway, but already Arthur needs a knockout to win this.

Round Six: Dmitry Bivol going through the gears

Arthur simply isn’t throwing enough to win these rounds.

Bivol’s jab is controlling this fight, and he has probably won every round as we reach the halfway point of this championship contest.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Dmitry Bivol punches Lyndon Arthur during the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Five: Quieter round but Dmitry Bivol still on top

Arthur lands a good body shot but that’s about his only success of the round.

A quiter round but Bivol lands a crisp right hand inside the final 30 seconds and remains in control.

Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo talk boxing

This is pretty surreal as McGregor and Ronaldo speak about the fights coming up this evening at ringside.

Round Four: Dmitry Bivol in complete control

Bivol just looking to open Arthur up with feints before putting his cominations together.

The lead left hook from Bivol is working well, and he is definitely producing the classier shots.

Arthur is also feinting a lot, but looks a little nervous to over-commit in case he gets punished. Another round for Bivol.

Round Three: Lyndon Arthur in survival mode

Bivol is boxing with so much confidence and putting his shots together at will.

Arthur grins back at him but he appears to be in survival mode already.

To his credit, Arthur starts to throw back a little more in the final minute, but that’s three rounds in the bank for Bivol.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Dmitry Bivol punches Lyndon Arthur during the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Two: Dmitry Bivol starting to tee off

Arthur is not throwing much more than a jab while Bivol has much more variety.

He starts to tee off on Arthur on the ropes and appears to briefly stun the Brit. Arthur takes the shots well, but that was a big round for the Russian.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Dmitry Bivol punches Lyndon Arthur during the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round One: Dmitry Bivol gets straight to work

Arthur goes on the back foot straight away against the technically excellent Bivol.

Arthur’s jab is working well, but Bivol looks more comfortable when he puts his combinations together and he nicks the opening round.

Dmitry Bivol vs Lyndon Arthur starts…

David Haye congratulates Daniel Dubois

It’s fair to say that David Haye was very happy to see Daniel Dubois beat Jarrell Miller tonmight as he congratulated him on Instagram a few moments ago.

Amir Khan arrives in Riyadh

Another boxing star enters the arena in the shape of former world champion Amir Khan.

Dmitry Bivol enters the ring

The champion makes his entrance and is the huge favourite tonight.

Bivol beat Canelo Alvarez in 2022, but has not fought for over a year. Will there be any signs of ring rust tonight?

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22: Dmitry Bivol reacts after weighing in ahead of the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Weigh-In on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Lyndon Arthur is on his way

Here we go, can Arthur pull off a massive upset?

We’ve already seen one Brit fall short in their quest for world title glory tonight. Will Arthur fare any better?

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22: Lyndon Arthur reacts after weighing in ahead of the IBO and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight title fight between Dmitry Bivol and Lyndon Arthur during the Day of Reckoning: Weigh-In on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor checks in and proves his knowledge to Cristiano Ronaldo

We’ve already seen Cristiano Ronaldo, Chris Eubank Jr and Devin Haney tonight and now Conor McGregor has shown up as we approach the business end of the evening.

Dmitry Bivol against Lyndon Arthur is next

Five fights down, three to go.

Next up with be light-heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol against Britain’s Lyndon Arthur.

Both men will be in the ring very shortly.

Anthony Joshua arrives!

Anthony Joshua is in the building and looking relaxed ahead of headlining this huge card in Riyadh.

Lennox Lewis gives his verdict on Anthony Joshua

Lewis feels Joshua wants to prove he is still ‘a man to be reckoned with’ tonight.

He also warns Joseph Parker that he has to be careful of Deontay Wilder’s right hand when they meet later this evening.

But Lewis does believe that Wilder’s lack of activity over the last two years could be a factor when he faces Parker.

Lennox Lewis praises Daniel Dubois

Lennox Lewis joins TNT Sports from Canada and says Dubois ‘learnt about himself’ tonight.

He calls for Dubois to ‘target one of the big guys’ to put himself back in the title mix next year.

Lewis adds that Miller ‘wanted to test his heart’ but feels Dubois was too smart for him and forced the American to ‘punch himself out’.

Daniel Dubois: ‘That was a big moment’

Dubois is now talking to TNT Sports and admits this was a ‘big moment’ in his career.

‘Whatever I was lacking before I feel like I’ve gained it tonight and that was experience.’

Frank Warren adds: ‘He’s back at the big table. The last one was the world title and this one was redemption. A great fight for him, and for me, proves all the doubters wrong. He had to suck up there, he had to dig deep. Hats off to him, he’s done the business.’

Devin Haney wishes Deontay Wilder luck

Newly-crowned WBC light-welterweight Devin Haney is in Saudi Arabia and has popped into Deontay Wilder’s dressing room to wish his fellow American luck.

We expect to see Wilder in the ring in the next 90 minutes or so.

Jarrell Miller didn’t want a decision, and he didn’t get one!

Jarrell Miller posted on Instagram before the fight that he was not happy with the British referee and judges for this fight, declaring that he would not let the fight go to a decision.

In the end he was right, as he was stopped for the first time in his career. Dubois closed the show in stunning fashion.

Daniel Dubois: ‘I silenced all the doubters’

‘I had to dig very deep. I’m glad I did it,’ Dubois says in the ring.

‘I had to prove it to myself that I was a real champion and I silenced all the doubters tonight.’

He then says to Miller: ‘We’re friends for life now!’

Miller then takes to the mic and says Dubois ‘has my respect’, before Dubois insists he wants to ‘fight the best’ after winning tonight.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois celebrates victory following the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Daddy Cool blasts out around the arena

Daniel Dubois said he was going to be Jarrell Miller’s ‘daddy’ tonight, and after his win we can now hear Boney M’s 1976 hit ‘Daddy Cool’ being played in the arena.

Impeccable timing with that one.

Daniel Dubois can’t stop smiling

Dubois had all the pressure on him tonight but he delivered in big fashion and got the knockout he was after.

A big 2024 surely lies in wait for the Brit now.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois celebrates victory following the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round 10: Daniel Dubois wins by knockout!

Miller stalks Dubois around the ring but it is the Brit who is picking the better punches.

Dubois can’t miss in this final round as he rattles home right hands, uppercuts and his jab. He is going through his full repertoire and Miller has no answer.

Miller sticks out his tongue but he is getting beaten up in this final round. Dubois keeps going and the referee steps in and stops it with just seconds remaining!

That was brilliant from Dubois. He had his mettle tested tonight but he kept going and the referee had no option but to jump in.

Round Nine: Daniel Dubois closing in on victory

Dubois comes out fast once again and lands a combination that appears to hurt Miller briefly.

Dubois continues to work the body, and then lands a lovely uppercut on the inside.

Miller has proved his toughness but he is losing these rounds and surely needs a knockout in the final round to win this.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois punches Jarrell Miller during the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Eight: Daniel Dubois back on top

Dubois looked really tired a couple of rounds ago but seems to have found a second wind and now Miller is slowing down.

Dubois lands some clean right hands over the top before being warned for a low blow. He avoids a point deduction, though, and that is a clear Dubois round.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller exchange punches during the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder is here!

Wilder has arrived for his fight which is only a couple of hours away.

Can he beat Joseph Parker to remain on course for a fight with Anthony Joshua?

Round Seven: Daniel Dubois bleeding from his mouth

Dubois comes out for this round with a spring in his step, but gets caught by a straight right hand to stop him in his tracks.

Miller is upping his work rate and there’s a real lack of head movement from Dubois. Blood coming from the mouth of the Brit who is really having to tough this out.

Dubois gets back behind his jab in the final minute of the round and that might just be enough for him to nick it on the scorecards.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois punches Jarrell Miller during to the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Six: Both men looking tired

Not much quality in that round, but it’s Dubois who lands the cleaner shots to take it.

Four rounds left, are we going the distance for the first time tonight, or is a big knockout on the way?

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller exchange punches during the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Five: Huge shots being thrown on the inside

Dubois lands a flurry of punches at the start of the round but he is getting dragged into the fight that Miller wants.

There is a pattern emerging here as Dubois starts rounds well but then Miller comes on strong.

We are halfway through this 10-rounder and Dubois must be ahead on the scorecards, but Miller is very much still in this.

Round Four: Marking around Daniel Dubois’ eye

Dubois is still getting the better of this in the early stages of round four and lands a lovely jab that draws a gasp from the crowd, but he has some marking around his eye.

Then Miller catches Duboid cleanly! All of a sudden, Dubois looks very tired and it’s Miller who is on top. That’s a clear round for the American.

Round Three: Fast pace with little to split the pair

Dubois is starting to hold his feet more and he gets the better of an exchange on the inside in the opening minute of round three.

Miller is having very little success when loading up, but his jab is starting to work well as he catches Dubois on multiple occasions in the final minute.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois punches Jarrell Miller during the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo is in the building!

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken his seat at ringside.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo, football player of Al Nassr, looks on during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Round Two: Daniel Dubois remains on top

Miller is coming forward with a high guard and Dubois fancies his chances of going through the middle with the right uppercut.

He starts to have more success in the second round, but Miller is a tough cookie and takes them well.

Miller then has a flurry at the end of the round, that will give him some confidence.

Round One: Daniel Dubois targets the body

Dubois is on the back foot but Miller hardly throws a punch in the first round.

Dubois is clearly targeting the body and a couple of punches stray low, but it’s a clear first round in favour of the Brit.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Daniel Dubois punches Jarrell Miller during to the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Daniel Dubois vs Jarrell Miller gets underway…

Ding ding… here we go! You don’t want to take your eyes of this one…

Timings for tonight’s main events

As the ring announcements are made for Dubois vs Miller, here is a quick reminder of when we expect to see Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua in the ring later…

Deontay Wilder vs Joseph Parker – approximately 9:30pm (UK time)

Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin – approximately 10:30pm (UK time)

US' Deontay Wilder reacts during a weigh-in event, a day before his match with New Zealand's Joseph Parker, in Riyadh on December 22, 2023. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Anthony Joshua greets the fans ahead of a weigh-in event, on the eve of his match against Sweden's Otto Wallin (not pictured), in Riyadh on December 22, 2023. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Dubois makes his way to the ring…

And here comes Dubois. A lot of pressure on this young man, can he come through this test and put his loss to Oleksandr Usyk behind him?

Here comes Jarrell Miller…

The American makes his way to the ring as he looks to upset the odds and beat Daniel Dubois.

Jarrell Miller targeting Anthony Joshua after blowing 2019 world title shot

Jarrell Miller has not just been focused on Dubois this week as he has also engaged in trash talk with Anthony Joshua.

Miller failed multiple drugs tests in the build-up to his scheduled fight with AJ in 2019, but has not given up hope of getting another chance against him, and a win against Dubois could edge him nearer to that fight.

Jarrell Miller sharpening up on the pads

We are being made to wait, but I promise Dubois vs Miller is on the way!

Right now, Miller is on the pads in his dressing room. He looks to be conserving his energy after weighing in at almost 24 stone yesterday.

Jarrell Miller pushed Daniel Dubois at the weigh-in

There has been plenty of back and forth between Dubois and Miller this week, and the controversial American pushed his rival after weighing in almost 100 pounds heavier than him yesterday.

Daniel Dubois going through his final warm-up

We’ve had a bit of a pause from the live action simply because of how quickly the first four fights have finished.

But we will be seeing Daniel Dubois up against Jarrell Miller next in a crossroads fight for both men.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22: Daniel Dubois reacts after weighing in ahead of the Heavyweight fight between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller during the Day of Reckoning: Weigh-In on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Tony Bellew gives his verdict on tonight’s fights

Former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has just told TNT Sports that Deontay Wilder beating Joseph Parker would represent the best win of his career.

He has also warned Daniel Dubois to be careful if his fight with Jarrell Miller gets into the latter rounds.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Tony Bellew with Ade Oladipo and Andy Ruiz during the Day of Reckoning event on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing via Getty Images).

Chris Eubank Jr arrives

We are expecting some of boxing’s biggest stars to be in attendance tonight, and Chris Eubank Jr has just entered the building.

Eubank Jr is still looking for his next opponent after talks over a grudge match with Conor Benn broke down.

Main event predictions

We are just a couple of fights away from seeing Deontay Wilder and then Anthony Joshua step into the ring.

Mail Sport has looked at how fighters have predicted tonight’s main two fights will pan out…

Mark De Mori loses in embarrassing fashion

We’ve seen three very good knockouts, and one, well let’s just say not so good one.

Here’s a look at how Mark De Mori was stopped inside two minutes by Filip Hrgovic earlier this evening…

Daniel Dubois getting in the zone

Daniel Dubois is getting is hands taped as he prepares to face Jarrell Miller.

Can the Brit get his career back on track with a big win tonight?

Frank Warren hails Kabayel performance

It is hard not to be impressed by what Kabayel just produced, and promoter Frank Warren was blown away.

He has asked who Kabayel could target next, and I think fans would definitely be interested in seeing him again very soon.

Halfway through the card already!

Well, that’s four fights down, four to go.

All four fights have finished inside the distance so far, and here’s a reminder of how Jai Opetaia finished Ellis Zorro in spectacular fashion earlier.

Agit Kabayel: ‘I shocked the world’

‘When you talked with 10 guys, nine guys said I couldn’t win,’ Kabayel says as he speaks in the ring.

‘When they give me the next opportunity, I am ready!’

He certainly looked ready tonight, that was some performance.

Breathtaking body work from Kabayel

That was so clinical from Kabayel as he targeted the body of Makhmudov and left him slumped on the ropes.

Good refereeing as well to call it off, Makhmudov could have no complaints.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Agit Kabayel punches Arslanbek Makhmudov during the WBA Inter-Continental & North American Boxing Federation Heavyweight title fight between Arslanbek Makhmudov and Agit Kabayel during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Down goes Makhmudov…three times! And it’s over! Kabayel wins!

Kabayel attacks the body and Makhmudov has no answer. He goes down three times in quick succession and the fight is waved off. What an upset win for Kabayel!

Kabayel wobbles Makhmudov in the third!

Kabayel starts to put his punches together and lands cleanly on Makhmudov who somehow stays on his feet.

Makhmudov is also landing as he refuses to give in but that was definitely a Kabayel round.

Big punches from the start

Makhmudov is certainly not the most technical fighter, some may say crude, as he misses by a distance with some of his punches.

But if he lands, Kabayel will certainly feel it!

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Arslanbek Makhmudov punches Agit Kabayel during the WBA Inter-Continental & North American Boxing Federation Heavyweight title fight between Arslanbek Makhmudov and Agit Kabayel during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Straight down to business

Makhmudov is straight on the front foot and looking for single shots, but Kabayel counters well in the opening round.

Not a lot in it, but it feels like it won’t take long for this fight to ignite.

Could be another quick finish on the cards

Makhmudov and Kabayel are both in the ring with the fourth fight of the evening set to get underway.

The first three bouts have ended early, and you’d be brave to bet on this one going the distance.

The fights are coming thick and fast

We have already had three of our eights fights scheduled for this evening.

Next yp will be another heavyweight fight between Russia’s Arslanbek Makhmudov and Germany’s Agit Kabayel.

If you haven’t seen Makhmudov before, he may just be the scariest looking

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22: Arslanbek Makhmudov reacts after weighing in ahead of the Heavyweight fight between Arslanbek Makhmudov and Agit Kabayel during the Day of Reckoning: Weigh-In on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

heavyweight I’ve ever seen!

Anthony Crolla: ‘No shame for Zorro, he’s lost to a special fighter’

Back in the TNT Sports studio, Anthony Crolla and Carl Frampton are both in agreement that Opetaia is a ‘special fighter’. Frampton also labels him a ‘violent puncher’ who is a pleasure to watch.

We only saw three minutes of him this evening but it is hard to disagree. That was mightily impressive.

Jai Opetaia: ‘He was too hesitant and he got clipped’

Opetaia is now speaking in the ring and feels Zorro paid the price for being too cautious.

Opetaia says ‘I’m excited for the next step’. When asked what is next on the agenda, he offers a chilling warning as he adds: ‘You just put the guys in front of me and I knock them out’.

Bang on the chin from Jai Opetaia

It’s a devastating knockout from Opetaia.

Thankfully, Zorro is back to his feet, but that was a huge shot he took as he loses his unbeaten record.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Ellis Zoro is knocked down by Jai Opetaia during the Cruiserweight fight between Jai Opetaia and Ellis Zoro during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

One and done, Jai Opetaia wins in spectacular fashion!

Wow, what a knockout from Jai Opetaia!

Ellis Zorro had actually made a decent start, but one huge left hook over the top sends Zorro straight to the canvas.

With his head on the bottom rope, there is no chance of him continuing.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Ellis Zoro is knocked down by Jai Opetaia during the Cruiserweight fight between Jai Opetaia and Ellis Zoro during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Jai Opetaia vacates IBF title

Opetaia is no longer a world champion after vacating his belt earlier this week.

He has explained why he made the tough decision to give up his belt.

Aussie cruiserweight Jai Opetaia set to take to the ring

Jai Opetaia will be in the ring next to take on Britain’s Ellis Zorro in the cruiserweight division.

Opetaia is widely seen as the best 200lb fighter on the planet, and he is also backing an upset later on tonight’s card.

Andy Ruiz eyes 2024 return

Andy Ruiz, who famously beat Anthony Joshua in 2019, has vowed to return to the ring in 2024.

He has revealed to TNT Sports that he recently underwent shoulder surgery, but is in Saudi to look at potential future opponents as he aims to get back in the title mix.

What have you made of Anthony Joshua’s demeanour this week?

Anthony Joshua has looked razor-focused this week in Saudi, but this has also led to some awkward interview moments.

Some fans have not been impressed with Joshua’s demeanour as he heads into a make-or-break fight tonight.

Filip Hrgovic wins in the first round

Well that didn’t last long!

It looked like a mismatch on paper and that’s exactly how it turned out. Hrgovic has stopped De Mori inside two minutes as he moves closer to a world title shot.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Filip Hrgovic celebrates victory following the Heavyweight fight between Filip Hrgovic and Mark De Mori during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Referee Mark Lyson counts down Mark De Mori during the Heavyweight fight between Filip Hrgovic and Mark De Mori during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Flip Hrgovic up next

From one heavyweight fight to another as we move onto Filip Hrgovic against Mark De Mori.

Hrgovic is unbeaten and is the IBF No1 contender, but is risking his position against De Mori, who famously lost to David Haye back in 2016.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22: Filip Hrgovic and Mark De Mori react after facing off ahead of their Heavyweight fight during the Day of Reckoning: Weigh-In on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Frank Sanchez remains unbeaten

That victory for Sanchez extends his unbeaten record to 24-0 with one no contest.

A strong performance from the Cuban heavyweight in the end as he continues to work his way up the rankings.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Frank Sanchez celebrates victory with the belts following the WBC Continental America & WBO NABO Heavyweight title fight between Frank Sanchez and Junior Fa during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

The undercard has started…

The first fight of the night has just finished with Frank Sanchez stopping Junior Fa in the seventh round.

After a quiet start, Sanchez sent Fa to the canvas in the sixth round, and the fight was waved off the following round.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 23: Frank Sanchez punches Junior Fa during the WBC Continental America & WBO NABO Heavyweight title fight between Frank Sanchez and Junior Fa during the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night at Kingdom Arena on December 23, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

Will we see some devastating knockouts tonight?

Tonight’s card in Saudi Arabia features some of the biggest punchers on the planet.

Mail Sport has looked at the best knockouts from the fighters who are set to star in Riyadh this evening.

Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren finally work together

After years of back and forth between the pair, Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren are finally working together to put this card together.

Hearn has admitted they would be ‘idiots’ to not work together tonight, suggesting they could collaborate again in the future.

Sports stars set to be at ringside in Saudi Arabia

We have seen a sneak peak of who will be at ringside tonight, and it’s a star-studded line-up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Conor McGregor set to be in attendance.

Anthony Joshua fighting for respect

Anthony Joshua is rebuilding his career after successive losses to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022.

Having previously been loved across the country, his popularity has waned in recent years, but a win tonight could see him start to win some fans over again.

Dubois vs Miller – Great showcase for the Brit

The spotlight on this huge card is great for someone like Dubois and if he can put Miller to the sword convincingly, he’ll think he’s right back in the mix with the big boys. Jeff Powell looks ahead to the fight here:

Can Parker or Wallin pull it off?

Joseph Parker and Otto Wallin certainly aren’t walkovers on paper.

The Saudis want competitive fights rather than hype-builders and they could have just that tonight.

It will be fascinating to see the kind of form the Brit and American are in against worthy opposition ahead of a potential meeting themselves in 2024.

US' Deontay Wilder (L) and New Zealand's Joseph Parker face off during a weigh-in event, a day before their match, in Riyadh on December 22, 2023. (Photo by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 22:  Anthony Joshua and Otto Wallin face off during the Day of Reckoning Weigh-in on December 22, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing via Getty Images)

Chess, property and biking – AJ’s home life

He’s a man dedicated to his craft but AJ has plenty of other outside interests when he’s switching off from the day job.

How good was this!?

Has AJ stumbled across winning partnership?

The turnover of coaches has been alarming for AJ but he seems to be enjoying a fruitful relationship with Ben Davison, could this be a new era under his tutelage?

Good afternoon and welcome!

What a night of boxing we have in store later. I don’t think there’s much doubt that this is the deepest card we’ve ever seen in terms of competitive match-ups and talent – which has to be a move in the right direction for boxing.

Wilder vs Joshua will surely loom large on the horizon but they must first overcome tricky opponents tonight who will be out to spoil the party. Stay tuned for all the build-up and then live action from the pre-lims and main card.

Key Updates

  • It’s all over! Anthony Joshua wins as Otto Wallin’s corner stops the fight!

  • Joseph Parker beats Deontay Wilder!

  • Dmitry Bivol beats Lyndon Arthur on points

  • Round 10: Daniel Dubois wins by knockout!

  • Down goes Makhmudov…three times! And it’s over! Kabayel wins!

  • One and done, Jai Opetaia wins in spectacular fashion!