Wilder Agrees To Terms With Joshua
The biggest heavyweight fight in 20 years is closer to a reality, as Deontay Wilder has reportedly agreed to terms with Anthony Joshua.
Per a report from ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Wilder will head to the United Kingdom to unify the heavyweight division.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed Monday, that his fighter agreed to terms made by Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn.
“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.”
Hearn has yet to respond as of press time, but it seems the biggest hurdle has been crossed for the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in two decades.
“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.”
Finkel said the target date is September 15th, but with Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez back at the negotiating table, it may be moved to October or November.
While no real numbers have come out yet, Hearn made offers of $12.5 and $15 million for guaranteed purses, Finkel did confirm its a guaranteed purse, but potentiall a larger number due to Wilder not getting a percentage of the event.
“There’s no [percentage] split, but they’ve offered us a good purse. Not as good as we feel it should be, but we want the fight, and we’re willing to take what they offered,” Finkel said. “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. Deontay wants this fight.”
Wilder took to Instagram on Monday, writing, “The $50M offer for him to fight me next in the U.S. is still available. Today I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK. If he prefers the fight in the UK, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose.”
Dear @anthony_joshua Fans, Since your acting Dumb, Delusional or just plain Stupid here you go…. 🚨 BREAKING NEWS🚨 The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the U.S. is still available to him if he wants it. In addition to that, today I agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the U.K. If Joshua prefers the fight in the U.K., the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose U.S. or U.K. I’M IN‼️
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted odds on the potential fight back in early April. Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.
Original Story: ESPN