Wilder Manager Explains Why They Accepted Joshua in The UK

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   Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

GETTY IMAGES Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms to fight Anthony Joshua in the UK

"They offered and we accepted", Deas said, adding that they would push for a signed contract as early as Tuesday.

Deas said he's not authorized to discuss details of the potential purse and that the venue and date are up to Joshua's camp.

There is a lot of sorting out to do for this fight, but great news that in principle he seems to be on board for the idea of coming to the United Kingdom for the fight. "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". "But I think they are slowly realizing that without Anthony Joshua, the future is not too bright and rosy for Deontay Wilder".

"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK". 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. "All they have to do is tell us where to be and when to be there, and we'll be there". We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.

The Joshua-Wilder deal, should it come to fruition, will consist of two fights, the first being held in England, the second in the United States.

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That didn't stop the world heavyweight champion from offering up another fight back in the U.S. It's up to them to choose United States or UK.

After negotiations seemingly stalled for the bout, which would decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, it was expected that both Joshua and Wilder would go down the route of mandatory defences in the autumn.

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.

As Wilder said, the ball is in the court of team Joshua now.

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