The two boxers were linked with an undisputed fight in 2018 when Wilder’s team sent a $50 million offer to Joshua. Eddie Hearn confirmed as much, stating that an email had been sent. However, it was on the condition that the offer had to be accepted before a contract was sent. Those terms were not acceptable as a contract never came. Since then, both boxers lost their respective belts. Wilder lost his WBC title to Tyson Fury. Meanwhile, Joshua came up short against Andy Ruiz Jr. as he lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts. Despite beating the Mexican to get those titles back in the rematch, Joshua would lose them again to Oleksandr Usyk in two consecutive losses. And looking back, Wilder pointed the blame at Joshua’s camp for the fight not happening.
“It’s his management that has held him back from fighting me. You know he’s a fighter. It’s been over six years, but there comes a point in time where you’re like, ‘Forget it.’ Many times he wanted to fight, he wanted to accept it, but his handlers didn’t want it because Joshua is the money-maker for the company. If he goes down, so does the business,” Wilder said
Nevertheless, the two look on course to face each other sometime next year provided that they come through their next fights. Wilder faces Joseph Parker, while Joshua takes on Otto Wallin in a Saudi card on December 23rd, 2023. And with both boxers expected to win, boxing fans could finally see that showdown.