Deontay Wilder Agrees to Fight Anthony Joshua in Heavyweight Unification Bout
The WBC heavyweight champion agrees to a bout with Joshua in the U.K. to crown one champion.
They’re almost ready to rumble.
The t’s still need to be crossed and i’s need to be dotted, but it seems like a pair of undefeated boxing titleholders are on a collision course for a heavyweight unification bout.
On Monday, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder agreed to fight IBF, WBA, and WBO champion Anthony Joshua on his home turf in the United Kingdom.
?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
The hang-up on the fight had been the venue, as Wilder’s camp believes the fight could generate more revenue if it were held stateside in Las Vegas.
To compensate for giving in on that point, the offer Wilder’s team accepted is for a two-fight deal that requires a rematch to be held in the United States.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports the contracts for the fight are heading Wilder’s way.
“It’s all come as a bit of a shock that Deontay’s finally come back to us on the offer and seems to accept the terms,” he said. “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.”
Whoever wins between Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) and Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) will be the first heavyweight to hold all four recognized world titles at once.
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