Updated: Jun 12, 2018
Deontay Wilder will be sent a contract to fight Anthony Joshua this week.
Following-on from Deontay Wilder who earlier insisted that he would be willing to travel to the UK to get the fight against Anthony Joshua, talks have been on-going for a while. The American was adamant he wanted the fight to be staged in the US and that he would guarantee Joshua $50m (£38m), Wilder then did a u-turn and accepted Joshua’s wish to have the fight in the UK.
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has since came out today and said that Deontay Wilder and his team will receive the contract by the end of this week, Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed that terms had been accepted.
After Wilder had agreed to come to UK, Eddie Hearn spoke with Anthony Joshua today and his trainer Rob McCracken to discuss the deal which could lead to the undisputed world heavyweight unification title fight. Anthony Joshua had been close to agreeing to fight Russian Alexander Povetkin and I think with that prompted Deontay Wilder to change his mind and agree to fly across the pond.
“I spoke to AJ and Rob McCracken this morning and obviously we saw Deontay Wilder’s stuff on social media.
“It’s great that he’s come back to us. We made this offer about four weeks ago and I don’t know if he’s come back because he’s heard we’re close to closing the Povetkin fight or whether he wants the fight, but either way he’s going to be getting a contract from us ASAP.
“It’s obviously the fight we want. There is a lot of sorting out to do for this fight, but great news that in principle he seems to be on board for the idea of coming to the UK for the fight.
“We’re going to be dealing with it and we’re going to be making sure he gets the relevant paperwork.”
Since Anthony Joshua’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in 2017, the venue had been mentioned as a possible venue for the Joshua v Wilder bout. Eddie Hearn acknowledges that September fight between the pair is doubtful and may need to push the date back.
“We see this as a Wembley fight and we’re quite limited in that respect,” said Hearn. “Obviously American TV and pay-per-view has to be considered. We’ve got to speak to them about what date suits them. There is a lot still to work out.
“I think Wembley is where Anthony Joshua wants it to take place. Obviously a brilliant night against Wladimir Klitschko. It seems a natural home.
“We’ve got to get to the bottom of it all today. 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.”