Hearn calls Wilder’s bluff on Joshua title fight

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

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.

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 USA and Joshua's side preferring the UK.

If everything agreed in discussions is included and they are happy with the date and venue, then Wilder will sign for the money-spinning bout.

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K.", Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told ESPN.

A fight with Wilder has always been Plan A for Joshua, but after lengthy talks with the WBC champion struggled to produce a definitive scenario, a deal had largely been concluded with Povetkin for September in London.

However, a massive update took place on Monday night as WBC champion Wilder revealed that he'd accepted Joshua's terms to fight in the United Kingdom. On Monday night he posted: 'The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the U.S. is still available to him if he wants it. Wilder would be one of the biggest bouts in boxing. And we said yes.


Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April.

Wilder declared via social media on Monday night that he had accepted Joshua's terms for an autumn fight, just as it appeared to be set in stone that the Brit holder of the IBF, WBA and WBO belts would next fight his WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. "We wanted a percentage, but we didn't think we could get it done in a quick time frame, so we said let's take what they've offered us".

Anthony Joshua holds numerous world titles. Deas says Joshua turned down a $50 million offer to fight in the United States and that both fighters will make less than they would have to fight in Joshua's home country. It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

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

Surely Joshua will agree and send the contract to Wilder.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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