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Terms agreed for Anthony Joshua unification fight

12 June 2018

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.

Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have agreed to terms on a pair of prospective fights, with the first to come in the United Kingdom this fall, Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel confirmed to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael on Monday.

Assuming the details are finalized and the fight announced, Joshua vs.

"The story is very simple and that is Deontay Wilder today, accepted the terms that Anthony Joshua's team gave us", Finkel told World Boxing News in an interview on Monday.

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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.

"If for any reason Anthony changes his mind and wants to fight in the U.S, the $50M offer we have made to him is still there", Finkel said.

"Now we will see if they live up to it or if they try to go through with the fight with [mandatory challenger Alexander] Povetkin first".

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

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The American, 32, holds the WBC title and wants a unification bout with Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion. "We wanted a percentage, but we didn't think we could get it done in a quick time frame, so we said let's take what they've offered us".

That didn't stop the world heavyweight champion from offering up another fight back in the U.S. "It's up to them to choose".

The 28-year-old Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) won a world title in 2016 and has made five defenses, including a 10th-round knockout of former longtime unified world champion Wladimir Klitschko in the consensus 2017 fight of the year and unifying three belts with the win against Parker on March 31. But we need to get the contract back from Deontay Wilder - then we will know if this is bluster or if he is serious'.

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Terms agreed for Anthony Joshua unification fight