Deontay Wilder has accepted the challenge for a world heavyweight title unification fight with Anthony Joshua by volunteering to box in London this summer.
Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel pre-empted an impending visit by Joshua and his team for talks in the US by announcing:
‘We want to make it clear that Deontay is pleased that Joshua has said he wants the fight and that we will be willing for it to take place in London next.’
Joshua, his promoter Eddie Hearn and other key financial members of his team are planning to meet Wilder’s handlers in America next week.Joshua beat Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday with a dominant points win to add the WBO strap to his IBF, WBA and IBO titles.
AJ called out Wilder after his victory in Wales and could now become the undisputed champion of the showpiece division if he adds Wilder’s WBC belt to his collection.
And it seems a blockbuster bout is close to being agreed.
Finkell has confirmed that Deontay would accept a 60/40 split of the fight purse.
There are also talks underway to arrange a two-fight scenario, with Wembley Stadium and Las Vegas or New York hosting each meeting.