Richie Woodhall: Joshua v Wilder in a summer showdown at Wembley would be very special

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Anthony Joshua could unify the belts with a defeat of Deontay Wilder
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We're delighted to announce former WBC Super Middleweight champion Richie Woodhall as our new boxing columnist. To kick off, our man looks forward to a summer unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder and also previews James Degale's rematch with Caleb Truax on Saturday...

"We have the genuine heavyweight champion of the world over here and the one belt he needs to hold the full set is owned by his American rival. Usually that would mean a unification fight in Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden but the power lies over here at the moment and a mega fight in the capital looks the favourite to me. Money usually talks in boxing and a fight at the national stadium would probably make more than any other venue."

All about Wilder at Wembley for AJ

Anthony Joshua's defeat of Joseph Parker has set up the chance of a very rare thing in boxing - a heavyweight unification bout on British soil. For a fan of the sport like me it doesn't get any better than that.

The fight that everyone is talking about now is Joshua v Deontay Wilder and I see no reason why it wouldn't happen this summer in front of possibly 100,000 fans at Wembley.

We have the genuine heavyweight champion of the world over here and the one belt he needs to hold the full set is owned by his American rival.

Usually that would mean a unification fight in Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden but the power lies over here at the moment and a mega fight in the capital looks the favourite to me. Money usually talks in boxing and a fight at the national stadium would probably make more than any other venue.

Straight hitting AJ would have and advantage over hooking Wilder

And believe me it would be some fight. Wilder is a boxer who will always put bums on seats because he is risk-taker and both he and AJ are massive punchers.

We saw that risk-taking nearly catch Wilder out last time he was in the ring. In truth he is a little lucky to still hold the WBC belt because he was seconds away from defeat in his last fight taking some fearful punches from Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their meeting in Brooklyn.

Against AJ he would really have to tighten up. Joshua is a good straight puncher and Wilder is a hooker and that would give the Brit an advantage because the American would have to work harder to get close.

If pushed I would back AJ to win but I do think it'd be a close contest and almost a 50-50 fight because both are capable of landing knockout blows.

Whyte and Fury add depth to the boxing scene

Outside that pair are two very talented and interesting British fighters in Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury. Whyte was impressive against Lucas Browne and will surely get his chance sooner rather than later. Fury is working hard and getting back into shape. He'll probably need a couple of warm-up fights to work off any ring rust and it'll be fascinating to see him do that.

AJ wasn't spectacular on Saturday but it was still impressive

Don't underplay Joshua's win on Saturday. The British fighter is still not the finished article and he was up against a world champion who had won all 24 of his professional bouts. There can be question marks about undefeated fighters as it can be tricky to measure just how good they are but Parker is a high-class boxer, we could see that on Saturday.

Overall it was a good performance from AJ. OK, it wasn't the fireworks of the Klitschko fight, but it was very professional, and most importantly he got the job done. It was a learning experience for him and he will improve for that.

Most people were expecting a knockout from our man but you have to give Parker some credit - he got through 12 rounds with AJ which is better than anyone else has managed yet!

Degale can get his revenge on Truax

This weekend sees another talented British boxer in the ring when former IBF super-middleweight champion James Degale attempts to get his revenge on Caleb Truax after the American's upset win at the Copper Box Arena last year.

I was there for that fight and it was a huge shock, even though Truax had only lost three times before and all to high-class opponents.

It was a classic case of a more talented boxer losing to an opponent with more hunger. Truax just wanted it more on the night, continually trapping Degale on the ropes and in the corners.

So Degale has to go to the States for this one but he is a very good road fighter and maybe it will suit him more.

I expect this to go late as long as Degale keeps his energy up and avoids switching off like he did in London. The American judges will want to see him going forward and taking on his opponent.

It'll be important to keep the judges onside but I think he can do that and win the fight on the cards with a small chance of a late knockout.

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