Joshua: My Side is Signed, I Need To Get Wilder To Sign

WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) is crossing his fingers that a deal with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) can be made for next year.

Joshua has a scheduled fight date, for April 13th at Wembley in London.

Before that can happen, Joshua will have to overcome his upcoming mandatory defense against once-beaten Alexander Povetkin. 


Joshua and Wilder were in talks to face each other for the fall, but they were unable to agree on all of the terms.

Now Joshua is hoping to get him for April.

According to Joshua, he's already signed his portion of the deal and needs a signature from Wilder.

Wilder is more than happy to sign - but not for the proposed financial terms, which only provide him with a guarantee of $15 million.

"People are attaching names to names but don't back it up," Joshua said to Sky Sports. "We've been fighting the best of the best. Wilder is more than welcome on this gravy train - he's not off the table, he's still a priority. Povetkin became a priority when the WBA said: 'this is your mandatory challenger'. I refuse to give up my WBA belt.

"I have set a date - I am willing to fight Wilder, providing I beat Povetkin. My side has been signed. All I need to do is get Wilder to sign his side, and the fight is locked in and official."

Wilder's return and his next opponent has yet to be determined - but WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale has been mentioned in boxing circles.

Should Joshua vs. Wilder fall apart for next April, then potential frontrunner to face the British champion is the winner of next week's heavyweight clash between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker - especially if the winner is Whyte, who was stopped in seven rounds by Joshua in December of 2015.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rolshans on 07-25-2018

If the fight would generate $100M+ in the UK, then why did Shirley take the $50M offer off the table for a Wimbley fight??? Yikes...

Comment by chepboxingking on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=NearHypnos;18966307]Do you have any idea what you’re spewing? Hbo having more subscribers has nothing to donwith anything. Lets start there. Most (if not all) people who have HBO *for*boxing have it for showtime. Most hbo users have hbo for other…

Comment by NearHypnos on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=chepboxingking;18964021]Do your research-- wilder constantly do 1mil viewers on Showtime, which has a 1/3 of the subscribers HBO has. America love heavyweights and KOs. Wilder provides both. Maybe it won't do 1mil buys, but I'm sure it'll be close to…

Comment by chepboxingking on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=EnglishOxide;18964167]What is your evidence for this? In the last 20 years the American PPV market has been held aloft by Hispanic, Filipino and MMA fans. Where is this proof that there is a big American boxing fan market for heavyweight…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 07-24-2018

[QUOTE=EnglishOxide;18964167]What is your evidence for this? In the last 20 years the American PPV market has been held aloft by Hispanic, Filipino and MMA fans. Where is this proof that there is a big American boxing fan market for heavyweight…

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