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Unbeaten Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua appear poised for title unification bout

12 June 2018

Wilder made a $50million offer to Joshua to come to America, but has now announced he is prepared to come to the UK.

The location was one of the main points holding up the fight agreement before Wilder's camp eventually agreed to hold it in the United Kingdom.

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK", Wilder was quoted by ESPN as saying. On Monday night he posted: 'The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the USA is still available to him if he wants it.

That was being drawn up on Tuesday and will be in front of Wilder by Friday at the latest and his response, having evidently agreed all terms, will determine if he is Joshua's next opponent, or if the Brit fights him next spring once Povetkin has been faced. Wilder would be one of the biggest bouts in boxing.

"It's obviously the fight we want. Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next couple days", Finkel said.

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"We have agreed to the terms that [Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn] has put out to us for a fight in the UK", Finkel said.

Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April. "All they have to do is tell us where to be and when to be there, and we'll be there". "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".

Hearn has already stated that a mandatory challenge against Alexander Povetkin could be next with Wilder straight after, but the American's concession may have ripped up the plan. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won his belt in 2015 and has made seven title defenses, including scoring a massive 10th-round knockout of then-unbeaten top contender Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in a riveting fight on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It's up to them to choose USA or UK.

The victor of a Joshua-Wilder bout would be the first man to hold all four heavyweight titles - WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO - simultaneously.

Surely Joshua will agree and send the contract to Wilder.

Unbeaten Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua appear poised for title unification bout