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28th May 2018

Deontay Wilder reveals when Anthony Joshua fight will happen

The unification clash is edging closer

Darragh Murphy

Let’s hope that it’s worth the wait.

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are still negotiating terms for their heavyweight unification clash, with a location yet to be agreed upon.

Joshua feels like he’s earned the right to continue fighting in the United Kingdom, while WBC heavyweight champion Wilder is understandably pushing for the fight to take place in the United States.

With both men undefeated and sharing all of the major world titles, it makes absolute sense for them to fight one another to decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.

Wilder has revealed that the date of the biggest heavyweight fight in years is dependent upon the location but has given two potential options.

“If we have it in England, it’ll be September but if it’s here in America then it’ll be November,” Wilder told Fight Hub TV.

Joshua is prepared to take a significant pay cut to fight at home, with Old Trafford touted as a potential venue along with Wembley and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Last month, Wilder’s team offered ‘AJ’ a guaranteed $50 million to accept the bout but the deal has yet be done, as Joshua holds firm on his desire to make ‘The Bronze Bomber’ travel to the UK.

“We’re still in negotiations so I don’t have a time frame on it just yet but I want to let everybody to know the fight will happen,” Wilder said.

“If they’re still serious – we’ve been serious this whole way through – Joshua said he wanted the $50 million and he’d sign tomorrow.

“We did exactly what he said and he didn’t sign so that shows you his character already or his team’s character.

“I think Joshua wants to fight but I don’t think his team want to risk what they’ve invested. Their investment is about to go and they know it.”