DEONTAY WILDER ACCEPTS ANTHONY JOSHUA’S CHALLENGE TO FIGHT IN LONDON
DEONTAY WILDER has finally accepted Anthony Joshua’s offer of a 60/40 money split for a fight to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
The American star, who holds the WBC belt, is ready to sign and come to the UK this summer for the showdown.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel told Repoters that Wilder’s team are ready to begin immediate negotiations.
He said: “We are really glad that Anthony joshua said for the first time ‘I will fight Deontay next…’ and we believe he is a man of his word.
“Deontay accepts the challenge.”
Finkel confirmed Wilder will make contact with promoter Eddie Hearn, Barry Hearn and Matchroom Sport this week.
After Finkel’s comments surfaced, Matchroom boxing responded by posting a video of AJ calling out Wilder to their official Twitter page.
He added: “We want to make it public that Deontay wants the fight, and we are prepared to come over, or meet here and get the deal done.
Joshua, 28, called out the Bronze Bomber after He beats Joseph parker
And the American, 32, quickly responded and made it very clear that he wants to battle The British Champion for his belt.
But Hearn claimed that Wilder was running scared of Joshua
Despite initially demanding for the fight to take place in America, Wilder has now agreed to take on Joshua on UK soil.
Finkel added: “We’re ready. Let’s do it. And anyway, unification fights always trump mandatories.
This unification between Wilder and Joshua would push the mandatories back.
“Assuming it will be Wembley Stadium in the summer, we are ready, and if they are ready as they say they are, we want to get it done.
“We want the fight, they want the fight, the public want the fight. There is nothing to stop it going ahead.”
It has been reported that the two camps have discussed a two-fight scenario, with one at Wembley Stadium and the second in Las Vegas or New York