Maybe Frank Warren was wrong about Anthony Joshua's next fight after all

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   Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

GETTY IMAGES Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

As evidence of the moneymaking potential, the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire reported in May that Finkel and Al Haymon were prepared to give Joshua $50 million guaranteed if he was willing to fight Wilder in the United States.

'If Joshua prefers the fight in the United Kingdom, the ball is in their court.

After the recent turn of events, heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder (40-0, 30 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) could very well collide in a high profile unification showdown.

Wilder, 32, accepted the terms offered by Joshua's promoters, Matchroom Sport, late on Monday evening.

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 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.

Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua Fight for Heavyweight Championship Announced

"Now we will see if they live up to it or if they try to go through with the fight with [mandatory challenger Alexander] Povetkin first. Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next couple days", Finkel said. "Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K. Deontay sent an email to Joshua [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".

Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April.

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

Last night, he tweeted: "Breaking news for all you for all you Anthony Joshua fans. Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'".

Joshua, who won his first world title by stopping Charles Martin in 2016, scored his biggest victory to date the following year by rising from the canvas to knock out former champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 spectators in London. 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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