Deontay Wilder 'agrees' to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

After negotiations seemingly stalled for the bout, which would decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, it was expected that both Joshua and Wilder would go down the route of mandatory defences in the autumn.

"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 wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'".

Wilder posted on his Twitter account Monday that the $50 million offer to fight in America is still on the table.

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.

The Bronze Bomber took to social media to put pressure on AJ and his promoter Eddie Hearn to make the fight next.

"I don't think they are too keen to do the fight in the U.K.", Hearn told Sky Sports last week.

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As evidence of the moneymaking potential, the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire reported in May that Finkel and Al Haymon were prepared to give Joshua $50 million guaranteed if he was willing to fight Wilder in the United States.

The fight is pencilled in for February 2019.

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.

'The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the U.S.is still available to him if he wants it.

Another possible outlet is the Perform Group's DAZN sports streaming service, which is due to launch in the USA later this summer, with Hearn's recently agreed to eight-year, $1 billion deal to provide boxing content due to begin in September. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won his belt in 2015 and has made seven title defenses, including scoring a massive 10th-round knockout of then-unbeaten top contender Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in a riveting fight on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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