Wilder finally agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain

Lynette Rowe
June 13, 2018

Both fighters fought in March, with Wilder defeating Luis Ortiz in a thrilling, come-from-behind fight where he was almost finished, while Joshua scored a lackluster win on the scorecards over Joseph Parker.

The WBC champion revealed he was willing to give Joshua home advantage for the huge world heavyweight fight for all the major world titles, and co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed that terms had been accepted. "Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the UK".

"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.

If promoter Eddie Hearn and Deontay Wilder's team can close a deal for an Anthony Joshua-Wilder showdown, Hearn wants to bring their huge heavyweight title fight to London's Wembley Stadium.

'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. "One thing I can tell you is by the end of this week, Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we'll see if he's real".

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.

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

Another possible outlet is the Perform Group's DAZN sports streaming service, which is due to launch in the US later this summer, with Hearn's recently agreed to eight-year, $1 billion deal to provide boxing content due to begin in September. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.

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 U.S. television clash with Canelo Alvarez's return from a drug's ban. It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

Wilder has won an incredible 39 fights on his unblemished 40-victory record by knockout and has defended the WBC title seven times in a row since winning it three years ago.

Surely Joshua will agree and send the contract to Wilder.

"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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