One of the most highly anticipated fights which boxing fans are hoping happens this year is between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
When they do meet, Joshua will likely put his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles on the line, while Wilder will be defending his WBC championship.
Speaking to World Boxing News, Derek Chisora revealed exactly when he thinks Joshua vs Wilder will take place, and it's sooner than you think.
Chisora believes the heavyweight unification fight will take place later this year in October.
“I’d put my money on he’s fighting Deontay. He’s fighting him next in October, that’s what I’m hearing.”
As for who he thinks will win the fight, Chisora believes it would be a difficult one to call.
“If you’re a boxing fan and you love boxing that much you wouldn’t put money on that fight.
“It’s a fight that’s got two athletes, two hungry fighters. One who got knocked down, had to get back up on his feet, take one or two rounds to come back with the power punching and knocking the other opponent out.
“We’ve seen that with Wilder as well where he gets hit so hard that he didn’t know where he was for the first couple of rounds and then obviously comes back with so much power.”
Whoever hits first
Chisora ultimately believes that the winner of Joshua vs Wilder will literally be whoever is able to hit the other first.
“This fight is not about who can box who, it's about who hits who first.
“These guys are venomous punchers when they hit you, so when you get hit by these guys if you get up - you’re good. What happens when you get up? My money is on who hits who first basically.
“That is it, whoever gets hit first loses the fight. I mean its true - if AJ hits Wilder first with a serious right hand or a serious uppercut he’s gone. If Deontay swings and hits AJ the fight is done.”
Boxing fans will be hoping that a Joshua vs Wilder fight is booked quickly, otherwise, he will have no choice but to defend his unified titles against WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin.