Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

Wilder greeted confirmation that his fight with Joshua is about to be confirmed with this confident video posted on his social media channels.

The 6-feet-7, 220-pound Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, doesn't have a mandatory defense of his WBC title due and wants to challenge Joshua next.

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK", Wilder was quoted by ESPN as saying.

One of the most highly anticipated boxing bouts is set to go ahead after Deontay Wilder officially agreed to terms with fellow heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.

The location had proved to be one of the main issues in negotiating the fight over the past two months; Wilder's team offered Joshua a reported $50m (£37m) to fight in the U.S. but the 28-year-old Briton has remained adamant he wants to fight in the UK.

It's understood that Wilder accepted a two-fight deal which will entitle him to a rematch with "AJ" in the United States.


That offer did not meet the requirements of Joshua and Hearn, with the duo edging towards a fight against Russian contender Alexander Povetkin in recent days. Finkel said they accepted a guaranteed purse but did not get a percentage of the overall event that they wanted, meaning Wilder was likely offered a large enough guarantee above $15 million to make it worthwhile to forgo a percentage.

"The fact that we've lost four weeks waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder makes a fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely", Hearn said. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.

"It will take place in the United Kingdom either September or October according to Eddie Hearn". It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

Joshua returned to Principality Stadium on March 31, when he out-boxed New Zealand's Joseph Parker to win a unanimous decision in their heavyweight title unification fight.

"I think Wembley is where Anthony Joshua wants it to take place". Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.

"People like to trash talk, but I do it in a more fun way unless it gets personal and then I'll give as good as I get".

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