Deontay Wilder Agrees to Terms to Face Anthony Joshua (Video)
Boxing’s most anticipated fight between WBC heavyweight champion and IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion is close to completion after Wilder has reportedly accepted his terms.
ESPN.com reports that Deontay Wilder has accepted a 2-fight agreement that will bring him to England to face-off against Joshua.
“We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K. Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K.,” Finkel said. “Deontay sent an email to Joshua (Sunday) night and I sent one (Monday) to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract.”
“Now we will see if they live up to it or if they try to go through with the fight with (mandatory challenger Alexander) Povetkin first. Hopefully, we’ll get an answer in the next couple days,” Finkel said. “If they change their mind the $50 million (against 50 percent of the event) we offered them (to come to the United States) is still on the table. That is still for them if they want it.”
As Wilder awaits sign-off from Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua, insiders speculate the fight will take place on September 15 should the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin not take place. If so, the bout could land sometime in October or December.
We last chatted with Wilder in November 2017 where he adamantly said he wanted the fight no matter what. Representatives from Matchroom Boxing have yet to publically comment on Wilder’s acceptance of the terms set forth.