Deontay Wilder officially has agreed to fight rival boxer Anthony Joshua later this year in Joshua’s home country, the United Kingdom. Expressing through his co-manager Shelly Finkel as well as his personal twitter account, Wilder looks eager to set things in motion to place his bid for the undisputed crown.
“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.”
🚨BREAKING NEWS🚨 for all you @anthonyfjoshua fans… The $50M offer for him to fight me next in the US 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. pic.twitter.com/03PE8sk5x0
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) June 11, 2018
Joshua has never fought in the U.S. professionally, and Wilder’s thinking in having the fight in Las Vegas was to increase revenue. When the location seemed to become a hindrance in moving forward, Wilder and his camp decided to concede to what still will be on of the highest grossing heavyweight fights regardless of location.
“They gave us an offer, we were hoping they’d accept the U.S offer instead because there’s so much money but instead since they haven’t we’ve decided that if you don’t want $50 million then we’re willing to come the UK and take your offer.” said Finkel
There hasn’t been an undisputed heavyweight champion in Boxing since Lennox Lewis back in 2000. If all goes according to plan, this upcoming fight, will happen around September or October, and will be a two fight deal with the rematch taking place in the U.S.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) has held is WBC title since 2015 and comes to the ring brimming with confidence despite the criticism he has faced for the lack of quality opponents and being a +170 underdog. Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) comes into this match more highly touted and a-200 favorite and is one of the biggest draws in boxing. No matter how you look at things, the stakes are high enough to make this one match worth looking forward to. Unfortunately, while Wilder’s announcement was a good sign, there are still more dominoes that have to fall before anything can become official. The ball is in the court of Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing