Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua Fight for Heavyweight Championship Announced

12 June, 2018, 18:26 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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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.

The location was one of the main points holding up the fight agreement before Wilder's camp eventually agreed to hold it in the United Kingdom.

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told ESPN they had agreed to the latest terms offered by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Joshua-Wilder deal, should it come to fruition, will consist of two fights, the first being held in England, the second in the United States.

"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", Finkel said. "Deontay sent an email to Joshua [Sunday] night, and I sent one [Monday] 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". The fact that both men are the height of National Basketball Association stars and have devastating knockout power will make the bout, should it happen, a must see for fans - even casual fans. "Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next couple days", Finkel said. Deas says Joshua turned down a $50 million offer to fight in the United States and that both fighters will make less than they would have to fight in Joshua's home country.

Joshua will put the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles on the line, while Wilder is the WBC champion.


Although Finkel wouldn't specify how much money Wilder would earn, Hearn has made two previous offers of $12.5 million and $15 million.

"If they keep their word, then we've got a fight", Deas said.

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".

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

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted odds on the potential fight back in early April. 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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