Anthony Joshua declares that a defeat at the hands of Otto Wallin would have disastrous consequences for his career.

Anthony Joshua acknowledges that his future in the sport is at stake if he fails to defeat Otto Wallin on the ‘Day of Reckoning’ in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The two-time world champion is seeking his third victory of 2023, having already beaten Jermaine Franklin Jr and Robert Helenius earlier this year, as he aims to reclaim the top spot in the heavyweight division.

Joshua has suffered three career losses so far, with Andy Ruiz Jr handing him his first defeat in 2019, followed by Oleksandr Usyk defeating him for the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles on two occasions.

The 34-year-old understands the potential consequences of a loss and stated at a press conference, “I know where I’m headed in my life, but I have to say that this is a crucial moment, and if I don’t surpass it, there is no future. Therefore, I’m fully focused on Otto Wallin and getting the job done.”

Joshua has displayed unwavering focus in the lead-up to the fight and emphasized that his mind is solely set on one thing. He added, “I aim to perform well and leave no room for doubt. I’m here to fight, not to party. I have a strong desire to win and to inflict harm upon my opponent.”

Swedish fighter Wallin, 33, has only one defeat on his record, narrowly losing to Tyson Fury in 2019, but has won all six of his fights since then. Wallin is determined to win on Saturday and does not view it as an upset. He said, “It’s a significant fight and a great opportunity. I’ve worked hard to be in this position, and now it’s time to relish the moment, secure the victory, and move forward.

“I believe I will win, and it shouldn’t be considered an upset. It’s a natural progression, and the timing is right. I’m pleased to be here. Some may say I talk a lot, but I simply express myself honestly. I’m not trying to fabricate anything; it’s the truth. If people dislike it, that’s their prerogative, but it remains true.”

In the joint main event of the evening, Deontay Wilder will face Joseph Parker on a card that features eight fights. Wilder’s impressive record shows that he has achieved 42 out of his 43 victories via knockout, and he confidently claims the same outcome on Saturday.

He said, “I’ve come here to showcase my innate abilities. It’s something that comes naturally to me, and I’m eager to demonstrate it once again. Don’t look away; it will be over in an instant. Goodnight.

“I present myself to perform at my very best because that’s what the fans desire. No one wants to witness a drawn-out, 12-round fight. We are heavyweight fighters and powerful punchers. The audience wants to see us brawl and then celebrate. Nowadays, I’m often referred to as Dr. Sleep.”

Parker pledged to deliver an impressive performance for the spectators. He added, “I’ve had an excellent training camp and have entered this fight with a well-prepared gameplan and strategy. I have great respect for Wilder, but my ultimate goal is to emerge victorious.

“Our camp comprises exceptional individuals, and I have full confidence in them. However, once I step into the ring, I will put on a remarkable display.”

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