Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

Wilder will be sent contract for Joshua fight says Hearn Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua Fight for Heavyweight Championship Announced
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2018, 03:22

After negotiations seemingly stalled for the bout, which would decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, it was expected that both Joshua and Wilder would go down the route of mandatory defences in the autumn.

Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel revealed a rematch clause was part of the original offer from Hearn. If he prefers the fight in the United Kingdom, the ball is in their court.

The WBC champion announced this week he had agreed to Joshua's demands and was ready to sign the contract for the heavyweight unification fight.

According to BBC Sport, Wilder says that while the $50 million offer for Joshua to fight him in the U.S. is still on the table, he has agreed to Joshua's offer to fight in the UK.

Hearn told Sportsmail: 'We made him (Wilder) an offer four weeks and now they have come back via social media accepting terms and wanting to proceed to contract. "Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'". "Not as good as we feel it should be, but we want the fight, and we're willing to take what they offered", Finkel said.

And the fact that we've lost four weeks in waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder makes the fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely. We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect, obviously American pay-per-view and TV have to be considered so we've got to speak to them about what date suits them.

"We're going to be dealing with it and we're going to be making sure he gets the relevant paperwork".

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"We've got to get to the bottom of it all today".

Joshua told Independent.ie in March that he was keen to fight Wilder in his next fight and now it seems a deal has been done for what could be the richest fight in the sport's history.

Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once.

Anthony Joshua holds numerous world titles.

"I think if it is before Povetkin then it runs on October/November".

Wilder and Joshua will put their undefeated heavyweight records on the line.