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Wilder Co-Manager: No Issue Fighting Anthony Joshua in The UK

Deontay Wilder's management team are optimistic of reaching agreement to seal a heavyweight unification bout against Anthony Joshua later this year.

Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder's co-managers, told ESPN that negotiations with Joshua's camp are ongoing, with the possibility of a fight held towards the end of the year.

According to Finkel, the WBC heavyweight champion was willing to travel to Britain to take on WBA, IBO, IBF and WBO champion Joshua if necessary.

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Finkel said he had held talks last week with veteran fight promoter, Barry Hearn, whose son Eddie promotes Joshua.

"I met with Eddie's father, Barry, this past Friday in New York and it was a good meeting," Finkel said. "I'm hopeful that they will get back to me this week and that something can be done to make the fight in the fall. I'm optimistic."

Finkel said fighting in Britain was "not an impediment on our side."

"There are still some roads to cross but hopefully it will happen and we'll see the fight this year," Finkel said.

"If we're going to make the fight, the place where it will take place isn't going to be the problem. We have no problem going to the UK It never was a problem. Deontay has never had a problem with that."

Meanwhile Barry Hearn told ESPN a deal for any Joshua fight would need to be sealed quickly.

"They've got to make a decision realistically in the next few days," he said. "I think both of them want to fight each other, but there's obviously hurdles to come over.

"Is Wembley [Stadium] available? What's the American pay-per-view situation for American broadcasters on a show in the U.K.? Is it the right time to fight Deontay Wilder? Fight's only going to get bigger. Fight fans will tell you, 'We must see it now!' Of course, they're not involved in the financials."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LacedUp on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18836797]I call a spade a spade! I like AJ.. if he's not fighting Wilder.. as of now he is my enemy. I will forever back my countrymen.. an im twice as hard on them when they are acting b*tchmade. I…

Comment by 5000boxing on 06-06-2018

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Comment by thack on 06-06-2018

Wilder should make the trip, if he were to lose before a A.J. fight he would be completely out of the race .Nobody would touch him too dangerous, little reward.A.J. on the other hand has a queue of domestic fighters…

Comment by Patsfan bri on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=hitking;18833696]There’s only two certainties in life. Team AJ will move the goalpost AGAIN. And AJ’s fans will justify and defend it at all costs.[/QUOTE] death and taxes are 2 certainties as well but I agree very much with the 2…

Comment by LacedUp on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18833967]Nice try, wrong guy! Do u honestly think I give a flying rat's ass what u think about me hoe?[/QUOTE] I’m not sure what I said I think about you? I don’t care about you. I said you’re not a…

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