Heavyweight world titlist Deontay Wilder has accepted the terms offered to him by fellow titlist Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn for them to meet in the United Kingdom for the undisputed heavyweight championship this fall, Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager, told ESPN on Monday night.
“We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K.,” said Finkel. “Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K.”
“Deontay sent an email to Joshua (Sunday) night and I sent one today to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract,” Finkel said.
The offer is a two-fight deal with terms also agreed to for a rematch that would take place in the United States.
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 a decision win against Joseph Parker on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales.
Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won his belt in 2015 and has made seven title defenses, including scoring a massive 10th-round knockout of then-unbeaten top contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in a riveting fight on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted odds on the potential fight back in early April. Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.