Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Wilder 'agrees' to unification fight with Joshua in UK

Wilder like Joshua is undefeated in his professional boxing career GETTY IMAGES Wilder like Joshua is undefeated in his professional boxing career
Lucia Summers | 13 June, 2018, 03:24

Briton Joshua, with a professional record of 21 wins and no losses is the holder of the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles while Wilder who has 40 wins and no losses is the WBC world champion.

According to Pugmire, Wilder's and Joshua's respective teams were quibbling over the location of the fight, with Wilder's camp wanting it in the US and Joshua's side preferring the UK.

Wilder posted the above tweet before his manager, Shelly Finkel, confirmed to ESPN that they had finally agreed to the terms set out by Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn.

'We have accepted the offer from Team Joshua and look forward to coming over to fight again (last time was Audley Harrison) in front of the great United Kingdom fans, Deas told World Boxing News.

"Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K. Deontay sent an email to Joshua (Sunday) night and I sent one today 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".

"I spoke to AJ and Rob McCracken this morning and obviously we saw Deontay Wilder's stuff on social media".

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Joshua had been edging closer to fighting Alexander Povetkin, the mandatory challenger to his WBA title, after talks with Wilder's representatives had slowed in recent weeks.

"We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect", said Hearn. "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.

Wilder offered up these comments as he confirmed he had agreed a deal to fight in the UK: "The $50m (£37m) offer for him to fight me in the U.S. is still available. We want the fight next, we've signed the contract and we're ready to go".

Joshua and Wilder would make more money if the fight was staged stateside, but Hearn has insisted his fighter is not concerned with fight purses. Not only does he hold a majority of the prominent belts, his victory in a war over onetime long reigning division king Wladimir Kltischko established the fighter as the man to beat throughout the fight world.

"I think if it is before Povetkin then it runs on October/November".

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