Deontay Wilder has accepted Anthony Joshua’s challenge and “is ready to sign and come to the UK to fight this summer” in a unification contest to decide the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
The keenly awaited fight is expected to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
AJ had earlier called out Wilder on Saturday after he saw off Joseph Parker via points to add the WBO title to his own IBF and WBA belts.
According to Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, the Wilder camp is ready to start immediate negotiations over a unification contest.
The American fighter is prepared to accept a 60/40 split of the fight purse with the two camps having already broadly discussed a two-fight scenario, with the first contest most likely at Wembley Stadium and the second in Las Vegas or New York.
Finkel revealed: “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.”
“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. Deontay is ready to sign and come to the UK to fight this summer.” he added.
Joshua had called out Wilder in the ring immediately after defeating Joseph Parker in Cardiff, where he claimed the unbeaten Samoan’s WBO title to go with his own IBF and WBA belts. Only American Wilder, the WBC champion who is undefeated in 40 contests, stands in the way of the Briton unifying all the division’s belts for the first time in history.
Finkel also revealed to The Telegraph that he will make contact with Eddie Hearn, Barry Hearn and Matchroom Sport this week, “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. Deontay is ready to sign and come to the UK to fight this summer.”