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Wilder agrees to heavyweight showdown with Joshua

Wilder agrees to heavyweight showdown with Joshua

Frank Warren sounded pretty confident that Alexander Povetkin was next up for Anthony Joshua but it looks like we could be getting the Deontay Wilder unification fight after all.

The WBC champion revealed he was willing to give Joshua home advantage for the huge world heavyweight fight for all the major world titles, and co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed that terms had been accepted.

If promoter Eddie Hearn and Deontay Wilder's team can close a deal for an Anthony Joshua-Wilder showdown, Hearn wants to bring their huge heavyweight title fight to London's Wembley Stadium.

Wilder announced today that he accepted Joshua's offer to fight in the United Kingdom next up and has also given him the option of going to the USA too of $50 million. "Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'".

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.

"It's obviously the fight we want".

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"Our original plan and hope was to do it in the middle of September, but obviously this "Canelo" fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with US TV and the fact that we've lost four weeks in waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder, makes the fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely".

"We're going to dealing with that and making sure he gets the relevant paperwork". But we need to get the contract back from Deontay Wilder - then we will know if this is bluster or if he is serious'. "It's up to them to choose". A mandatory rematch would likely take place in the U.S.

Joshua and Wilder would make more money if the fight was staged stateside, but Hearn has insisted his fighter is not concerned with fight purses.

Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once.

"I don't think they are too keen to do the fight in the U.K.", Hearn told Sky Sports last week.