Wilder, Joshua agree to fight deal

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder

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.

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.

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.

Wilder, 32, accepted the terms offered by Joshua's promoters, Matchroom Sport, late on Monday evening. With that bout on the cusp of being announced, Wilder's sudden willingness to put pen to paper has drawn scepticism from the Joshua's camp, who will now test his intentions with a contract.

Wilder's claim was confirmed by his co-manager, Shelly Finkel, who told ESPN: "We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the United Kingdom".

Complicating matters is that Joshua is already due to take on WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

"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".

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Wilder's move is a significant step in getting arguably the biggest fight of the year on.

"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.

'In addition to that, today I agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the U.K. If Joshua prefers the fight in the United Kingdom. the ball is in their court.

Last night, he tweeted: "Breaking news for all you for all you Anthony Joshua fans".

The victor of a Joshua-Wilder bout would be the first man to hold all four heavyweight titles - WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO - simultaneously.

Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once.

Wilder offered up these comments as he confirmed he had agreed a deal to fight in the UK: "The $50m (£37m) offer for him to fight me in the U.S. is still available".

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