Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Maybe Frank Warren was wrong about Anthony Joshua's next fight after all

Maybe Frank Warren was wrong about Anthony Joshua's next fight after all

Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel later told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK.

Wilder announced today that he accepted Joshua's offer to fight in the United Kingdom next up and has also given him the option of going to the U.S. too of $50 million.

Hearn recently claimed that a deal to fight mandatory WBA challenger Povetkin was "virtually done" but there's no telling how much of that was a clever ploy to force Wilder's hand and if that's what the Matchroom boss intended, he's absolutely nailed it. A Joshua-Wilder fight on the service would raise its now nonexistent American profile, but it would also limit the US revenue for the bout.

The fight, pairing unbeaten sluggers at the peak of their physical primes, would be one of the biggest the sport could make and the most important the division has seen in 15 years.

"If for any reason Anthony changes his mind and wants to fight in the U.S, the $50m offer we have made to him is still there".

Wilder, the Tuscaloosa native and undefeated WBC world heavyweight champion, has been pursuing a bout with Joshua for some time now. And we said yes. "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. Today I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK.

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.

"If they keep their word, then we've got a fight", Deas said.

Hearn told Sky Sports News it is the only way to find out if the WBC titleholder Wilder is serious about fighting Joshua even though reports out of the United States on Monday suggested he had accepted a two fight deal with the 2012 Olympic champion and now holder of the WBA, WBO and IBF belts. It's up to them to choose USA or UK.

A fight between Joshua and Wilder would see all major heavyweight world titles on the line. But we need to get the contract back from Deontay Wilder - then we will know if this is bluster or if he is serious'.

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