American Deontay Wilder has agreed terms to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain later this year in a bout that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nearly 20 years.
Deontay Wilder is willing to take a massive pay cut to ensure the Anthony Joshua fight happens, according to his trainer Jay Deas. "Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K. Deontay sent an email to Joshua [Sunday] night and I sent one today 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".
That offer did not meet the requirements of Joshua and Hearn, with the duo edging towards a fight against Russian contender Alexander Povetkin in recent days.
"It's obviously the fight we want, there is a lot of sorting out to do but great news that, in principle, he seems to be on board with the idea of coming to the United Kingdom for fight". We've got to speak to them about what date suits them. Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next day or two.
"We've got to get to the bottom of it all today".
It's understood that Wilder accepted a two-fight deal which will entitle him to a rematch with "AJ" in the United States. It's up to them to choose United States or UK.
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Another possible outlet is the Perform Group's DAZN sports streaming service, which is due to launch in the US later this summer, with Hearn's recently agreed to eight-year, $1 billion deal to provide boxing content due to begin in September.
Joshua returned to Principality Stadium on March 31, when he out-boxed New Zealand's Joseph Parker to win a unanimous decision in their heavyweight title unification fight.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) revealed the news Monday on social media. Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.
Joshua will put the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles on the line, while Wilder is the WBC champion.
"I think Wembley is where Anthony Joshua wants it to take place". October or November are being considered, though it is understood that the latter is more likely, and Cardiff would be the principle option because it is indoors.