"But I think they are slowly realizing that without Anthony Joshua, the future is not too bright and rosy for Deontay Wilder".
After negotiations seemingly stalled for the bout, which would decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, it was expected that both Joshua and Wilder would go down the route of mandatory defences in the autumn.
Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel later told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK.
"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the UK", Wilder was quoted by ESPN as saying.
Talks between Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn and Finkel have been ongoing for several weeks, but a deal seemed to be out of reach as the two parties failed to agree terms last month, despite claims Wilder had offered his rival a $50m deal to fight in America.
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If Joshua doesn't fight Wilder next, he'll make a mandatory defense of his WBA title against Russia's Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).
"But either way, he's going to be getting a contract from us ASAP". Finkel said they accepted a guaranteed purse but did not get a percentage of the overall event that they wanted, meaning Wilder was likely offered a large enough guarantee above $15 million to make it worthwhile to forgo a percentage.
"It's obviously the fight we want". We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.
Wilder's trainer Jay Deas said on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) that the two camps have agreed to terms on a fight in the United Kingdom sometime this fall. It's up to them to choose U.S. or UK. "But obviously this Canelo fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with U.S. TV". Currently, Joshua is a -200 favorite and Wilder a +170 underdog.
Joshua has won all but one of his fights by knockout as well, bringing a 21-0 record into the awaited megafight after first gaining widespread notoriety in his classic April 2017 match-up with Vladimir Klitschko where he added the WBA and IBO belts to his impressive list of accolades. If it is before Povetkin, then it runs on October and November.