Hearn calls Wilder’s bluff on Joshua title fight

Hearn calls Wilder’s bluff on Joshua title fight

Both fighters fought in March, with Wilder defeating Luis Ortiz in a thrilling, come-from-behind fight where he was almost finished, while Joshua scored a lackluster win on the scorecards over Joseph Parker.

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.

Finkel, who said he and Wilder co-manager Al Haymon talk daily and are on the same page, said the offer Wilder accepted is a two-fight deal with terms agreed to for a rematch that would take place in the United States.

"It's obviously the fight we want, there is a lot of sorting out to do but great news that, in principle, he seems to be on board with the idea of coming to the United Kingdom for fight".

"I don't know if he's heard we're close to closing the Povetkin fight - or whether he actually wants to fight", the 38-year-old said.

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Hearn told Sportsmail: 'We made him (Wilder) an offer four weeks and now they have come back via social media accepting terms and wanting to proceed to contract. On Monday night he posted: 'The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the United States is still available to him if he wants it.

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 have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK". Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next day or two.

As Wilder said, the ball is in the court of team Joshua now. "It's up to them to choose". Not only does he hold a majority of the prominent belts, his victory in a war over onetime long reigning division king Wladimir Kltischko established the fighter as the man to beat throughout the fight world.

Joshua returned to Principality Stadium on March 31, when he out-boxed New Zealand's Joseph Parker to win a unanimous decision in their heavyweight title unification fight. October or November are being considered, though it is understood that the latter is more likely, and Cardiff would be the principle option because it is indoors.

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