Joshua and Wilder agree on showdown

Ross Houston
June 13, 2018

Wilder greeted confirmation that his fight with Joshua is about to be confirmed with this confident video posted on his social media channels.

Yet it appears a breakthrough has come in negotiations between IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and WBC title holder Wilder.

Deontay Wilder will be sent a contract for the Anthony Joshua fight this week after the American "agreed" to a unification clash in the United Kingdom, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

'In addition to that, today I agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the U.K. If Joshua prefers the fight in the United Kingdom. the ball is in their court.

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told ESPN they had agreed to the latest terms offered by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.

"The $50M offer for him to fight me next in the U.S. is still available", Wilder said.

Russian Alexander Povetkin is the WBA's mandatory challenger and is close to a deal to fight Joshua, although Joshua could face Wilder first if Povetkin is able to fight the victor.

If the fight is confirmed, it will be the biggest bout seen in the division in years.

"It's obviously the fight we want". Finkel said they accepted a guaranteed purse but did not get a percentage of the overall event that they wanted, meaning Wilder was likely offered a large enough guarantee above $15 million to make it worthwhile to forgo a percentage. 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. "But obviously this Canelo fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with U.S. TV". It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

Wilder, 32, improved to 40-0 with 39 knockouts when he knocked out previously unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz in the 10th round in Brooklyn, New York, on March 3. Joshua holds the other heavyweight belts and is 21-0 with 20 knockouts.

Joshua returned to Principality Stadium on March 31, when he out-boxed New Zealand's Joseph Parker to win a unanimous decision in their heavyweight title unification fight.

Wilder and Joshua will put their undefeated heavyweight records on the line. If it is before Povetkin, then it runs on October and November.

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