Wilder agrees to heavyweight showdown with Joshua

Deontay Wilder is the only man who can stop Anthony Joshua unifying the division

Deontay Wilder is the only man who can stop Anthony Joshua unifying the division

'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 UK.

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.

Wilder's manager, Shelly Finkel, echoed his fighters's words, telling ESPN: "We have agreed to the terms that Eddie [Hearn] has put out to us for a fight in the UK".

Frank Warren sounded pretty confident that Alexander Povetkin was next up for Anthony Joshua but it looks like we could be getting the Deontay Wilder unification fight after all.

'If for any reason Anthony changes his mind and wants to fight in the U.S, the $50m offer we have made to him is still there. "We wanted a percentage, but we didn't think we could get it done in a quick time frame, so we said let's take what they've offered us".


Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles and has risen over the past year to become the biggest star globally in the sport, turned down a recent $50 million offer from Wilder's team, setting off a confusing stretch of public negotiating. It's up to them to choose USA or United Kingdom.

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

Assuming the details are finalized and the fight announced, Joshua vs. "All they have to do is tell us where to be and when to be there, and we'll be there".

Earlier this month, Finkel met with Matchroom founder Barry Hearn in NY in an attempt to salvage the fight as WBA mandatory challenger Povetkin looked an increasingly likely prospect.

Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won his belt in 2015 and has made seven title defenses, including scoring a massive 10th-round knockout of then-unbeaten top contender Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in a riveting fight on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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