Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Deontay Wilder agrees to Anthony Joshua fight next in the UK

Deontay Wilder agrees to Anthony Joshua fight next in the UK

That was being drawn up on Tuesday and will be in front of Wilder by Friday at the latest and his response, having evidently agreed all terms, will determine if he is Joshua's next opponent, or if the Brit fights him next spring once Povetkin has been faced.

After negotiations seemingly stalled for the bout, which would decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, it was expected that both Joshua and Wilder would go down the route of mandatory defences in the autumn. Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the UK.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have agreed terms for a heavyweight unification bout which will take place at a British venue later this year, ESPN reported on Monday.

'We have accepted the offer from Team Joshua and look forward to coming over to fight again (last time was Audley Harrison) in front of the great United Kingdom fans, Deas told World Boxing News.

He tweeted: "The $50m offer for him to fight me next in the USA is still available".

Wilder addressed Joshua's fans on social media on Monday, writing, "The $50M offer for him to fight me next in the U.S.is still available".

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Hearn has already stated that a mandatory challenge against Alexander Povetkin could be next with Wilder straight after, but the American's concession may have ripped up the plan.

The 28-year-old has sold out stadiums for his last three fights, and is the biggest pay-per-view star in Britain. We can't wait. Send the contract'.

"We're going to dealing with that and making sure he gets the relevant paperwork".

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK". AJ would want Wembley for a fight of this magnitude but if we do October or November you can't really do that outdoors. Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next day or two. But we need to get the contract back from Deontay Wilder - then we will know if this is bluster or if he is serious'.

Joshua has won all but one of his fights by knockout as well, bringing a 21-0 record into the awaited megafight after first gaining widespread notoriety in his classic April 2017 match-up with Vladimir Klitschko where he added the WBA and IBO belts to his impressive list of accolades.

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