Unbeaten Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua appear poised for title unification bout

Unbeaten Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua appear poised for title unification bout

That was being drawn up on Tuesday and will be in front of Wilder by Friday at the latest and his response, having evidently agreed all terms, will determine if he is Joshua's next opponent, or if the Brit fights him next spring once Povetkin has been faced.

One key demand of Joshua's was to have the clash in the United Kingdom, after Wilder had offered the IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO champion $50million to come to America.

Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel revealed a rematch clause was part of the original offer from Hearn. 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. "Deontay sent an email to Joshua (Sunday) night and I sent one today 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", Finkel added. "Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'".

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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.

"We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect", said Hearn.

'We will wait and see what happens when we get the contract back.

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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 United States television clash with Canelo Alvarez's return from a drug's ban. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them. Finkel said they accepted a guaranteed purse but did not get a percentage of the overall event that they wanted, meaning Wilder was likely offered a large enough guarantee above $15 million to make it worthwhile to forgo a percentage.

The victor of the first fight will become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

Joshua told Independent.ie in March that he was keen to fight Wilder in his next fight and now it seems a deal has been done for what could be the richest fight in the sport's history.

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Wilder and Joshua will put their undefeated heavyweight records on the line.

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