Wilder, Joshua agree to fight deal

Wilder, Joshua agree to fight deal

Deontay Wilder is willing to take a massive pay cut to ensure the Anthony Joshua fight happens, according to his trainer Jay Deas.

Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel later told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK.

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.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have agreed terms for a heavyweight unification bout which will take place at a British venue later this year, ESPN reported on Monday.

Wilder announced today that he accepted Joshua's offer to fight in the United Kingdom next up and has also given him the option of going to the U.S. too of $50 million. Team Joshua offered Wilder way less and Deontay still said yes.

Hearn contacted Joshua this morning to discuss the latest developments with the deal, and is waiting to see whether Wilder will sign for the next fight with Joshua, who is also close to a WBA mandatory title defence against Alexander Povektin.

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So the heavyweight division appears to be getting its biggest fight.

"We're going to be dealing with it and we're going to be making sure he gets the relevant paperwork". Finkel said they accepted a guaranteed purse but did not get a percentage of the overall event that they wanted, meaning Wilder was likely offered a large enough guarantee above $15 million to make it worthwhile to forgo a percentage. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them. Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK. It's up to them to choose".

Wilder, 32, improved to 40-0 with 39 knockouts when he knocked out previously unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz in the 10th round in Brooklyn, New York, on March 3.

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

"People like to trash talk, but I do it in a more fun way unless it gets personal and then I'll give as good as I get".

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