Wilder, Joshua agree to fight deal

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"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the UK", Finkel said.

One of the most highly anticipated boxing bouts is set to go ahead after Deontay Wilder officially agreed to terms with fellow heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. 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.

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.

'If Joshua prefers the fight in the United Kingdom, the ball is in their court.

As evidence of the moneymaking potential, the Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire reported in May that Finkel and Al Haymon were prepared to give Joshua $50 million guaranteed if he was willing to fight Wilder in the United States.

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Joshua will put the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles on the line, while Wilder is the WBC champion.

"We've got to get to the bottom of it today, but one thing I can tell you is that by the end of this week Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we'll see if he's real", said Hearn.

Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April. "We wanted a percentage, but we didn't think we could get it done in a quick time frame, so we said let's take what they've offered us".

Wilder addressed Joshua's fans on social media on Monday, writing, "The $50M offer for him to fight me next in the U.S.is still available". It's up to them to choose USA or UK. 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.

The offer also includes a rematch clause, which Joshua and his team insisted on, and Wilder is happy to accept that also.

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