By Elliot Foster
Deontay Wilder has gone way to confirming reports about a fight with Anthony Joshua.
The WBC world heavyweight champion had, according to reports, agreed to a two-fight deal to take on the WBA Super, IBO, IBF and WBO champion, 29, in the UK next.
And Wilder, just as the news broke courtesy of ESPN's Dan Rafael, shed some more light on the rumours, taking to social media to firm them up.
“Breaking news for all you Anthony Joshua fans,” he tweeted.
“The $50million offer for him to fight me next in the US is still available. Today, I even agreed to their offer to fight Joshua next in the UK.
“If he prefers the fight in the UK, the ball is in their court. It’s up to them to choose.”
A fight between Wilder and Joshua has long been mooted, but it appeared that Olympic gold medallist Joshua would return in the autumn –– September 29 at Wembley Stadium in London had been mentioned –– potentially against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin of Russia.
However, it now seems the fight the world wants to see is imminent, with Wilder and his team now awaiting contracts to be sent to them by Joshua and co.
Terms for the first fight in the UK have already been agreed, as have the terms for a US return.
A date and venue for the fight are to be confirmed, with further details to be revealed in due course.
Joshua was last seen in action back in March, when he unified his four titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph Parker at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
For his part, Wilder was also last seen in March at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, when he recovered from being badly hurt in the seventh round to score a tenth round knockout of undefeated Cuban challenger Luis Ortiz.