Deontay Wilder agrees to Anthony Joshua's terms for heavyweight showdown
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —
WBC Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder has agreed to terms offered by Anthony Joshua’s camp for them to meet for the undisputed heavyweight title this fall in Joshua’s home country, the United Kingdom.
No date has been set for the fight, but Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas tells ABC 33/40 it will likely happen in September or October. Deas says while Wilder offered Joshua $50 million to fight in the USA, Wilder is willing to take “considerably less” money to fight Joshua in the UK. Joshua’s camp has always taken the stance since he owns 3 heavyweight belts (The WBO, WBA & IBF) that he should have “home-country” advantage in the fight. Deas says it’s not about the money for Wilder. “He wants the fight. He wants it for the fans. He wants it for his legacy,” Deas said. “He's betting on himself because with the win and the undisputed heavyweight championship, all the belts, then the money will come. They will have to come to Deontay and his terms. This fight is very important for the sport of boxing. You have to have those marquee match-ups that transcend the sport that get people that don't know anything about boxing but they just know they have to see this fight."
When asked what his target date for the fight would be, Deas said, "We can do it tonight on the moon or wherever they want to. We're ready for the fight."
Wilder is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. Joshua is 21-0 with 20 knockouts.