Hearn calls Wilder’s bluff on Joshua title fight

Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker embrace after their fight in Cardiff.

Wilder now holds the WBC title, with Joshua holding the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, and the fight will see the victor taking all of it home.

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K.", Finkel told ESPN.

Deontay Wilder has agreed to fight Anthony Joshua in the United Kingdom in a bid to make the undisputed world heavyweight clash next.

Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder's co-managers, told ESPN that World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Wilder had accepted an offer by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight in autumn.

"It's taken him four weeks to come back to us but if he does want to fight Anthony Joshua and he does accept the deal then we want to try and get this booked in as soon as possible".

If Joshua doesn't fight Wilder next, he'll make a mandatory defense of his WBA title against Russia's Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).

So the heavyweight division appears to be getting its biggest fight. "Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next couple days", Finkel said.

"Our original plan and hope was to do it in the middle of September, but obviously this "Canelo" fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with US TV and the fact that we've lost four weeks in waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder, makes the fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely". 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. "But obviously this Canelo fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with U.S. TV". We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect, obviously American pay-per-view and TV have to be considered so we've got to speak to them about what date suits them. "It's up to them to choose".

The WBC champion, Wilder is 40-0 with 39 knockouts.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted odds on the potential fight back in early April.

As Wilder said, the ball is in the court of team Joshua now.

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