"Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the UK".
"The story is very simple and that is Deontay Wilder today, accepted the terms that Anthony Joshua's team gave us", Finkel told World Boxing News in an interview on Monday. We made this offer about four weeks ago and I don't know if he's come back because he's heard we're close to closing the Povetkin fight or whether he wants the fight, but either way he's going to be getting a contract from us ASAP.
Unbeaten heavyweight champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua appear poised for a title unification bout.
Assuming the details are finalized and the fight announced, Joshua vs.
Russian Alexander Povetkin is the WBA's mandatory challenger and is close to a deal to fight Joshua, although Joshua could face Wilder first if Povetkin is able to fight the victor.
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 US and Joshua's side preferring the UK. "Deontay sent an email to Joshua [Sunday] night, and I sent one [Monday] 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".
Wilder greeted confirmation that his fight with Joshua is about to be confirmed with this confident video posted on his social media channels. "Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next couple days", Finkel said.
Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April.
Wilder's team have also left the £37m offer made to Joshua in April on the table if the WBA, WBO and IBF champion changes his mind and wants to travel to the U.S. for the fight instead. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them. 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. It's up to them to choose US or United Kingdom.
Joshua, 28, won his first world title in 2016 and has made five defenses, taking his record to 21-0 with 20 knockouts.