Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua could be on a collision course for a USA vs UK heavyweight showdown this year, but who carries the bigger punch?
Wilder is a man known for the ferocity of his fists – having rendered virtually all of his professional opponents on the canvas thus far.
But not all of them, and he has displayed some decent boxing skills too outside of the power.
Most notably in the Bermane Stiverne fight.
But that was a few years back now, and calls have come for the American to step up a level this year and test himself against the best.
As indeed they have for Joshua, all be it a lot earlier into his respective professional tenure.
Like Wilder, he’s a man who’s no stranger to turning out the lights of other men.
He’s done it in some devastating fashion and this knockout of Dillian Whyte is surely up there as one of the most brutal in recent heavyweight times:
Recently Wilder was quoted as saying in an interview with GQ Magazine that:
“There is no doubt, I would knock Anthony Joshua out.”
But would he? Has either man’s chin been tested by a world class heavyweight puncher just yet?
Wilder has had to ship some punishment as his Joshua, granted, but the claim could be made that we will know a lot more about the two by the time 2017 is finished in terms of just how good either is.
Deontay Wilder (pre-fight prediction here) returns to the ring tonight to defend his belt against Gerald Washington in Alabama.
Joshua faces Wladimir Klitschko on April 29th in a 90,000 sell out in London.
But after both of these fights, provided both men win, could a showdown between the two await in the summer?
Stranger things have happened.