Wilder finally agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain

Hearn calls Wilder's bluff on Joshua title fight

Hearn calls Wilder's bluff on Joshua title fight

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.

Joshua turned that offer down and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn made a counter proposal, and Deas claims Wilder is prepared to do whatever it takes to make the fight happen.

Undefeated Wilder (40-0, 39 KO's) agreed to the two-fight deal, with the first bout to take place in the United Kingdom.

"We've got to get to the bottom of it today, but one thing I can tell you is that by the end of this week Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we'll see if he's real", said Hearn.

Hearn did not respond to text messages from ESPN seeking comment, but it was late at night in England at the time.

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker embrace after their fight in Cardiff. He insisted on having the fight there, even if the overall revenue for the event could be greater in Las Vegas.

"We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect", said Hearn. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.

"It's great that he's come back to us. That is still for them if they want it".

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"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K.", Finkel told ESPN.

"We've got to get to the bottom of it all today".

"There's no [percentage] split, but they've offered us a good purse".

"It's obviously the fight we want". Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next day or two. "Deontay wants this fight".

According to Pugmire, Wilder's and Joshua's respective teams were quibbling over the location of the fight, with Wilder's camp wanting it in the US and Joshua's side preferring the UK. "It's up to them to choose". "We have preference for Showtime because we've been with them". A mandatory rematch would likely take place in the U.S. A Joshua-Wilder fight on the service would raise its now nonexistent American profile, but it would also limit the USA revenue for the bout.

If Joshua doesn't fight Wilder next, he'll make a mandatory defense of his WBA title against Russia's Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).

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.

As Wilder said, the ball is in the court of team Joshua now.

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