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Is Anthony Joshua fighting Deontay Wilder after Robert Helenius? – dazn.com

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Anthony Joshua returns to action this weekend, live exclusively on DAZN, as he takes on late replacement, Robert Helenius. 
Victory is vital for Joshua as he continues his rebuild but is the British fighter set to face Deontay Wilder next? 
Here's a rundown of everything that's been reported, rumoured and discussed so far – it hasn't been made a certainty as of press time, but there's a lot of promising signs that fans could one day soon get a very exciting heavyweight dream bout.
Joshua had been set to face former foe, Dillian Whyte, but an adverse finding in Whyte’s drug test meant the fight was called off.  
Joshua, eager to stay busy, chose to select an alternative opponent and Robert Helenius is the man who got the call. 
That’s the plan. There’s been plenty of talk in recent week regarding Joshua and Wilder finally meeting in December this year, but there is also the possibility that the fight could take place in early 2024 with Saudi Arabia likely to host the bout. 
Absolutely not. Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Joshua, appeared on Talksport in July and confirmed that if Joshua was to lose to Whyte, then the Wilder fight wouldn't take place.  
With Helenius seen as a more routine task than Whyte, a loss to the Finnish star could be catastrophic for Joshua and would instantly shatter any hopes regarding a possible Wilder fight. 
If Joshua is successful against Helenius, then the attention will immediately turn to Joshua vs. Wilder.  
Talks have been ongoing regarding the fight taking place this year but that’s still not confirmed to happen with January also being mentioned. 
With talks with both fighters already taking place, it appears the bulk of the work in getting this fight agreed has already been completed.  
The biggest fights always take the most time to become confirmed and they don’t come much bigger than Joshua vs. Wilder. It could still be a matter of weeks before everything is finalised, but Joshua vs. Wilder is certainly the target for all involved. 

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What time is Anthony Joshua vs Robert Helenius today? Schedule, main card start time for 2023 boxing fight – Sporting News

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Former two-time heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua is determined to stay active, so when old foe Dillian Whyte was pulled from the O2 Arena card at just seven days’ notice, the immediate goal was to find AJ a replacement opponent.
Whyte failed a VADA test, so a long-awaited rematch with Joshua went down the drain, conceivably with his career as a serious heavyweight contender. Replacing him will be former two-time European champion Robert Helenius, who knocked off some ring rust on Saturday past by posting a third-round stoppage of the unknown Mika Mielonen.
WATCH: Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius, live on DAZN
The good news is that Helenius is in fighting shape. The bad news is he’s been installed as a +1000 underdog to derail Joshua, who is looking for some ring time ahead of a potential showdown with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Will Joshua swat Helenius aside and face “The Bronze Bomber”, or will “The Nordic Nightmare” produce one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history?
Here’s all you need to know about Joshua vs. Helenius, including viewing details, prices, and more.
Joshua vs. Helenius will be on August 12.  The main card starts at 7 p.m. local time, which is 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT.
Both fighters should make their way to the ring at around 10.15 p.m. BST (5.15 p.m. ET, 2.15 p.m. PT), depending on how long the undercard fights last. Here’s how that translates to different timezones globally: 
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The Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius fight card will be available via DAZN in the U.S. and DAZN PPV in the U.K.
Now available as a Sky channel, DAZN 1 HD is exclusive to Sky.
WATCH: Anthony Joshua vs. Robert Helenius, live on DAZN
Joshua vs. Helenius takes place at the O2 Arena in London. The arena can hold up to 20,000 people.
Per SkyBet, Anthony Joshua is the -2000 favorite, while Robert Helenius is the +1000 underdog. 
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Ben Miller is a content producer for The Sporting News.

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