Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Deontay Wilder agrees to Anthony Joshua fight next in the UK

Deontay Wilder agrees to Anthony Joshua fight next in the UK

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

American Deontay Wilder has agreed terms to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain later this year in a bout that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nearly 20 years.

"They offered and we accepted", Deas said, adding that they would push for a signed contract as early as Tuesday. A Joshua-Wilder fight on the service would raise its now nonexistent American profile, but it would also limit the USA revenue for the bout.

"The story is very simple and that is Deontay Wilder today, accepted the terms that Anthony Joshua's team gave us", Finkel told World Boxing News in an interview on Monday.

Hearn has said that he is also close to a deal with Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs), 38, of Russia, Joshua could fight both this year, and they were trying to figure out which order to do the fights, though Povetkin would be a risky fight before taking on Wilder for far more money.

Wilder's team have also left the £37m offer made to Joshua in April on the table if the WBA, WBO and IBF champion changes his mind and wants to travel to the United States for the fight instead.

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The fight, pairing unbeaten sluggers at the peak of their physical primes, would be one of the biggest the sport could make and the most important the division has seen in 15 years.

"We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect", said Hearn. Then they came back with a much, much, much smaller offer for Deontay, which would have been even less than Deontay would have made in the United States, and wanted him to still travel to the U.K. for the fight. In addition to that, today I agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the United Kingdom. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.

Anthony Joshua holds numerous world titles.

A mandatory rematch would likely take place in the U.S.

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

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