Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

Hearn calls Wilder's bluff on Joshua title fight

"BREAKING NEWS for all you Anthony Joshua fans", Wilder wrote on Twitter.

Deontay Wilder claims he has agreed to fight Anthony Joshua in the United Kingdom and is awaiting a reply from the Brit's team. 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.

Wilder posted the above tweet before his manager, Shelly Finkel, confirmed to ESPN that they had finally agreed to the terms set out by Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn.

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.

If the Wilder fight is next up for Joshua, then the original plan of September 15 is now highly unlikely due to the lack of time involved, as well as the U.S. television clash with Canelo Alvarez's return from a drug's ban.

So the heavyweight division appears to be getting its biggest fight.

"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. "Finkel said that the offer is a two-fight deal with terms also agreed to for a rematch that would take place in the United States".

Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April. "It's up to them to choose".

Wilder, the Tuscaloosa native and undefeated WBC world heavyweight champion, has been pursuing a bout with Joshua for some time now. "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".

The 28-year-old Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) won a world title in 2016 and has made five defenses, including a 10th-round knockout of former longtime unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko in the consensus 2017 fight of the year and unifying three belts with the win against Parker on March 31.

Anthony Joshua holds numerous world titles. Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.

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