Deontay Wilder Agrees To Fight Anthony Joshua In The UK
WBC Champion Deontay Wilder has finally agreed a deal to face IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua In the UK and says it is left for the Brit to finalize the deal.
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He released a video on his Twitter account on Monday night to drop the information. Wilder , who in the past , offered a 50m to fight Joshua in the US, says his deal is still open to consideration
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has also confirmed the information to ESPN.
“We have agreed to the terms that Eddie (Hearn) has put out to us for a fight in the UK.
“Deontay sent an email to Joshua on 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.”
Negotiations have been on since Joshua defeated Parker back in March 31st and there have been issues with the fight purse and Location. According to Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas fighting in the UK does not favour Wilder but he is doing it for legacy.
“They offered and we accepted. We offered $50m, which is what he said he wanted and then he turned it down”, explained Deas.
“Then they came back with a much, much, much smaller offer for Deontay, which would have been even less than Deontay would have made in the United States, and wanted him to still travel to the UK for the fight. And we said yes.
“The reason we did is because Deontay is investing in himself. He wants this for the fans and he wants this for his legacy and he knows that being the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world will give him the financial gain as he proceeds.
“Even though we would have liked a better deal, Deontay said yes.”