Deontay Wilder 'agrees' to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

Deontay Wilder

There is a lot of sorting out to do for this fight, but great news that in principle he seems to be on board for the idea of coming to the United Kingdom for the fight.

Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn have yet to publicly respond, though Hearn has previously criticised the Wilder team for appearing to do their business via social media, insisting "deals are made in the boardroom, not on Instagram".

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

Wilder owns the WBC strap, while Joshua holds the IBF, WBA Super and WBO titles.

"It's great that he's come back to us".

'Deontay sent an email to Joshua on Sunday night and I sent one today to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract'.

If the Wilder fight is next up for Joshua, then the original plan of September 15 is now highly unlikely due to the lack of time involved, as well as the United States television clash with Canelo Alvarez's return from a drug's ban.

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Although Finkel wouldn't specify how much money Wilder would earn, Hearn has made two previous offers of $12.5 million and $15 million. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them. It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

"The U.S. TV is Eddie's call", Finkel said.

Another possible outlet is the Perform Group's DAZN sports streaming service, which is due to launch in the US later this summer, with Hearn's recently agreed to eight-year, $1 billion deal to provide boxing content due to begin in September.

The victor of the first fight will become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

Last night, he tweeted: "Breaking news for all you for all you Anthony Joshua fans".

Hearn contacted Joshua this morning to discuss the latest developments with the deal, and is waiting to see whether Wilder will sign for the next fight with Joshua, who is also close to a WBA mandatory title defence against Alexander Povektin. But we need to get the contract back from Deontay Wilder - then we will know if this is bluster or if he is serious'.

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