Deontay Wilder has insisted that a September showdown with Anthony Joshua in Britain could be salvaged.
American Deontay Wilder has agreed terms to fight Anthony Joshua in Britain later this year in a bout that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in nearly 20 years.
Wilder's team have also left the £37m offer made to Joshua in April on the table if the WBA, WBO and IBF champion changes his mind and wants to travel to the United States for the fight instead.
Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder's co-managers, told ESPN that World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Wilder had accepted an offer by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight in autumn. "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".
It's understood that Wilder accepted a two-fight deal which will entitle him to a rematch with "AJ" in the United States.
Hearn had claimed recently that Joshua could face Russian Alexander Povetkin, who is mandatory for his WBA title, in September before a Wilder clash in February.
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"They gave us an offer, we were hoping they'd accept the U.S offer instead because there's so much money but instead since they haven't we've decided that if you don't want $50m then we're willing to come the United Kingdom and take your offer".
But for now as Fury continues to get back in shape and makes a comeback, Joshua and Wilder are seen as the best of the heavyweights at this time. Not as good as we feel it should be, but we want the fight and we're willing to take what they offered.
'The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the U.S.is still available to him if he wants it.
Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once.
He tweeted: "BREAKING NEWS for all you Anthony Joshua fans".
Surely Joshua will agree and send the contract to Wilder.