Two heavyweights collide in the main event of DAZN’s “Day of Reckoning” on Saturday, December 23. Former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and previous European titleholder Otto Wallin are scheduled for 12 rounds live from Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Coverage starts at 11 a.m. ET.
Joshua (26-3, 23 KOs) is looking to go 3-0 for the year, as he defeated Jermaine Franklin by unanimous decision in April and Robert Helenius by 7th-round KO in August. ‘AJ’ lost his unified heavyweight title status after two consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, but the 34-year-old is out to prove he still has plenty left in the tank.
Wallin (26-1, 14 KOs) is the current WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight champion after a split decision win over Murat Gassiev in September. The 33-year-old out of Sweden has won six bouts; his only loss came from current WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Joshua comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -380 favorite while Wallin is a +285 underdog.
Update 6:25 p.m. ET The fighters are in the ring being introduced by Michael Buffer, and we’re about to be underway in Riyadh!
Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Joshua
Not much action, but Joshua was able to probe the guard a few times with jabs, and landed with his right at least twice. Wallin circled the outside while Joshua as expected held his ground in the middle of the ring. The size and speed difference seems quite noticeable for the favorite and the champion.
Round 2: 10-9 Joshua
There is no sound at all for the fight from the commentators or the atmosphere or anything. It’s on mute for everyone around the world right now. Wallin got more aggressive coming forward, but didn’t really land much that scored. Joshua using his left jab to against the southpaw to try and set up the right, as he landed a nice 1-2 early in the round.
Round 3: 10-9 Joshua
Credit to Wallin for standing in the middle and trying to trade, but that’s not going to end well for him it seems. Joshua scores with a big left hook, but is unable to follow up and get more from it. A body shot gets in as well. He’s also breaking the guard more often right down Route 1.
Somewhat bizarre to watch a huge fight with zero sound, but you don’t have to hear what’s happening to know who’s winning.
Round 4: 10-9 Joshua
We have sound again! And Wallen has a big cut right on the bridge of his nose as he’s getting tattooed to both the head and the body. Joshua looks fantastic so far; in shape and quick with great power and punch variety and selection. This doesn’t feel like it’s going the distance.
Round 5: 10-9 Joshua
Close to a 10-8 round, Joshua used a right hand to set up a massive left hook and it’s not looking good at all for the Swede. This is a dominating performance.