After two years of speculation, bickering and general bad feeling, the fight is on. Anthony Joshua WILL fight Deontay Wilder in 2018.
Joshua recently came through a very tricky test against Carlos Takam, while Wilder comprehensively beat Bermane Stiverne in a matter of seconds.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) 9 November 2017
it is clear, particularly in Wilder’s case, that there simply isn’t another fight with the same appeal right now. Wilder hasn’t really fought a great champion yet, and there are still question marks about Joshua’s chin and fitness.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has finally announced the news the boxing world was waiting for. The WBC, IBF and WBA titles will be put on the line in a super-fight sometime next year.
All that remains now is to thrash out the terms of the fight. There’ll likely be a 50/50 split when it comes to the purse. However, what is not so clear is where the fight will take place.
Hearn and Joshua favour a return to Wembley Stadium in front of another 90,000+ crowd. However, Wilder recently went on record to say that he wants the fight in America — where the real money is.
There is just no way that Wilder has the profile in America to fill a 90,000 seater stadium, so the chances are this bout will take place in one of Las Vegas’ classic boxing venues.
Joshua told the BBC earlier this week:
“There’s one thing talking and acting, but negotiations don’t happen over social media.
“I’m serious about becoming undisputed heavyweight champion and we’re making sure these guys who are making noise will back up what they’re saying.
“It’s no problem if Wilder wants to fight early next year, but no offers have been made to me.
“Let’s present him with an offer, and see how they feel about that. If Wilder’s not making an offer, we’ll do it on my terms.”
Nothing has been signed as yet, so we can only assume that Hearn has a handshake agreement in place with Wilder’s team.