Wilder agrees to heavyweight showdown with Joshua

Wilder like Joshua is undefeated in his professional boxing career

GETTY IMAGES Wilder like Joshua is undefeated in his professional boxing career

The victor of a Joshua-Wilder bout would be the first man to hold all four heavyweight titles - WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO - simultaneously. Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight 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 USA and Joshua's side preferring the UK.

"Deontay Wilder has accepted the terms offered to him by Anthony Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn for them to meet in the United Kingdom for the undisputed heavyweight championship this fall, Shelly Finkel, Wilder's co-manager, told ESPN on Monday night". Today I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK.

The location had proved to be one of the main issues in negotiating the fight over the past two months; Wilder's team offered Joshua a reported $50m (£37m) to fight in the USA but the 28-year-old Briton has remained adamant he wants to fight in the UK.

Hearn contacted Joshua this morning to discuss the latest developments with the deal, and is waiting to see whether Wilder will sign for the next fight with Joshua, who is also close to a WBA mandatory title defence against Alexander Povektin.

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If the fight is confirmed, it will be the biggest bout seen in the division in years. AJ would want Wembley for a fight of this magnitude but if we do October or November you can't really do that outdoors.

"But either way, he's going to be getting a contract from us ASAP". We've got to speak to them about what date suits them. A Joshua-Wilder fight on the service would raise its now nonexistent American profile, but it would also limit the USA revenue for the bout.

Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once. A mandatory rematch would likely take place in the U.S.

Joshua has won all but one of his fights by knockout as well, bringing a 21-0 record into the awaited megafight after first gaining widespread notoriety in his classic April 2017 match-up with Vladimir Klitschko where he added the WBA and IBO belts to his impressive list of accolades. I think from Deontay Wilder's messages on social media, he seems fine with that.

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