Deontay Wilder confirms willingness to fight AJ at home


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Deontay Wilder has confirmed he is willing to travel to the UK to fight Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification bout.

The American says it is now up to Joshua’s camp to send him a contract to sign and make the fight happen.

WBC champion Wilder also suggests a $50m offer for Joshua to come to the United States remains on the table ahead of a proposed clash with the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF title-holder to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

He tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS for all you Anthony Joshua fans…The $50m offer for him to fight me next in the US is still available.

“Today I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK. If he prefers the fight in the UK, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose.”

Negotiations have been ongoing since former Olympic gold medallist Joshua beat Joseph Parker in March to add the WBO belt to his collection.

Alexander Povetkin is also in the mix to face Joshua but it appears Wilder may have pushed himself to the front of the queue by agreeing to travel to Britain.

Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager, said: “We have agreed to the terms that Eddie (Hearn) has put out to us for a fight in the UK.

“Deontay sent an email to Joshua on 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.”

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