Deontay Wilder agrees to fight Anthony Joshua in world heavyweight unification fight

Insider reveals Deontay Wilder taking big pay cut to fight Anthony Joshua in UK

Location seemed to be the largest stumbling block in the talks between the fighters" camps as both men wanted home advantage and "AJ' has seemingly won out after admitting that he'd be happy to take a lesser purse to have the contest take place in the UK.

The fight, pairing unbeaten sluggers at the peak of their physical primes, would be one of the biggest the sport could make and the most important the division has seen in 15 years.

"If they change their mind, the $50 million [against 50 percent of the event] we offered them [to come to the United States] is still on the table".

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.

"BREAKING NEWS for all you Anthony Joshua fans", Wilder wrote on Twitter. "Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next couple days", Finkel said.

Undefeated Wilder (40-0, 39 KO's) agreed to the two-fight deal, with the first bout to take place in the United Kingdom. "Deontay sent an email to Joshua [Sunday] night, and I sent one [Monday] 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".

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Starsport understands it is considerably more than the £9.3m that Hearn originally offered Wilder back in early April. "We have preference for Showtime because we've been with them".

A fight between Joshua and Wilder would see all major heavyweight world titles on the line.

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.

Hearn told Sky Sports News it is the only way to find out if the WBC titleholder Wilder is serious about fighting Joshua even though reports out of the United States on Monday suggested he had accepted a two fight deal with the 2012 Olympic champion and now holder of the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.

The offer also includes a rematch clause, which Joshua and his team insisted on, and Wilder is happy to accept that also.

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