Joshua Wilder Takes A Step Closer
Joshua Wilder Takes A Step Closer
It’s just a matter of time before the next big fight goes down. Antony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder is speedily cooking, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn indicating that they will be sending a contract to Wilder any time this week.
Earlier in the week, Hearn said, “One thing I can tell you is that by the end of this week Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we’ll see if he’s real.”
It is a fight that is long overdue, and it will probably happen sometime in the last quarter of the year. That it is going to take place anyway is delighting enough for the boxing fraternity. Both men have unrivalled power, and they reign supreme, each jealously guarding the heavyweight title across each side of the Atlantic.
Both men have threatened and thoroughly thrashed each man they have fought. Wilder has a reason to feel powerful at 40 unbeaten contests, out of which he has beaten 39 men on knockouts. AJ, on the other hand, is the darling of UK boxing fans having fought in 20 bouts and triumphing in each.
Once he was done with Joshua Parker last March, a beaming Joshua called out for his tug against Wilder.He said;
“Wilder. Let's go, baby, let's go. I don’t believe the hype around him. Let’s get the business done and let's see what the future holds because I'm down for whatever, whenever. Get him in the ring, and I'll knock him spark out.”
Time has finally caught up with the two men to stage a fight that is worth all the hype and the investment, and Wilder’s affirmation that he is ready to take on Joshua is only the beginning of plans for the big fight.
Wilder announced through his Twitter handle that,“The $50m offer for Joshua to fight me next in the US is still available to him if he wants it. In addition to that, today I agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK – If Joshua prefers the fight in the UK. The ball is in their court. It's up to them to choose US or UK. I'm in.”
Just like Joshua, Promoter Eddie Hearn will be excited to be Wilder’s host, and he will be scouting for a suitable location, perhaps one in which Joshua has previously beamed gloriously under fight night lights.
“I think Wembley is where Anthony Joshua wants it to take place. He had a brilliant night there against Wladimir Klitschko, and it seems a natural home.”Hearn Said
Hearn, however, still sounds sceptical, maybe until Wilder puts pen on the contact. “It’s all come as a bit of a shock that Deontay’s finally come back to us on offer and seems to accept the terms.” Said Hearn. “ Now we have to find out if it’s bluster or if it’s real.”
In scheduling a suitable date for the fight, camp Joshua will put into consideration his fight against WBA’s mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, but as Hearn puts it, it will tentatively take place towards year end. He said, “I think if it is before Povetkin then it runs on October/November.”
Sky Sports Boxing
An exciting aspect of this fight is that US broadcasters can stake to air Joshua’s argument since he is not signed up at the moment. In the UK, Joshua’s fights are on the exclusively on Sky Sport’s pay-per-view. Among items to be brushed through is the possibility of the fight being broadcast on DAZN, after signing a $1 billion deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel also disclosed that the money on offer, though not hitting their anticipated target isn’t too bad to decline. He, however, didn’t specify how much Wilder would finally take home. Hearn had previously offered $12.5 million and $15 million. According to Finkel, camp Wilder accepted a guaranteed purse but will not tap into the overall event as they had previously wanted.
"There's no [percentage] split, but they've offered us a good purse.”Said Finkel. “ Not as good as we feel it should be, but we want the fight, and we're willing to take what they offered. 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. Deontay wants this fight."
Joshua bagged his three world titles one punch at a time. He will be doing everything possible to become the undisputed four world title holder, by taking home, Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title.
Joshua vs Wilder is a fight that has more than the titles and the money at stake. At 32, Wilder will be showcasing experience while trying to rewrite his story by attempting to beat Joshua at home. On his part, AJ will be looking forward to making history as the undisputed heavyweight at a relatively younger age.