Deontay Wilder agrees to two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

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. "But I think they are slowly realizing that without Anthony Joshua, the future is not too bright and rosy for Deontay Wilder".

Terms for the first fight in the United Kingdom have already been agreed, as have the terms for a USA return.

Hearn has been in simultaneous discussions with both the Wilder and Povetkin teams over this next move and Wilder was always the Plan A. An announcement on Joshua's opponent is imminent, so it remains to be seen if Wilder's latest public claims - which have occasionally been viewed with scepticism by the Hearn camp in the past couple of months - can have a late bearing on the plans. The ball is in their court.

For the fight they said they agreed to for later this year, Finkel said the target date is September 15, but the fight could be in October or November because September 15 is the proposed date for the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, which they would not compete with. It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

Although Finkel wouldn't specify how much money Wilder would earn, Hearn has made two previous offers of $12.5 million and $15 million.

'Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next day or two. "Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'".

Both fighters fought in March, with Wilder defeating Luis Ortiz in a thrilling, come-from-behind fight where he was almost finished, while Joshua scored a lackluster win on the scorecards over Joseph Parker.

The report said the offer set out a two-fight deal with a rematch to take place in the United States next year.

'I met with Barry a week ago and have been on the phone to himself and Eddie regularly this week.

"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".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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