Last night, the situation regarding a possible unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder took a dramatic turn.
With Joshua having suggested he’d put his WBO, IBF and WBA belts on the line, against Wilder, who holds the WBC belt, for $50 million, in a Twitter video, Wilder appears to have accepted the challenge.
Talking to the media, Wilder confirmed that the fight is on, commenting,
“All the money is in the bag so I expect you will be a man of your word”.
Before further adding:
“Tell Eddie Hearn to let you personally check his email this time. By the way, I sent your manager Rob McCracken the email as well.
“I am looking forward to our meeting in the ring.”
Meanwhile, Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, has admitted that an offer has been made further explain that it will be a one-off fight, with no rematch clause, at a venue of Wilder’s choosing.
Finkel also explained that the fight will be the next one for each boxer and that it will take part sometime between September and December.
If that is the case then it’s good news for all who have craved such a bout.
But, here at Vital Boxing, we have our reservations.
We’re not sure Joshua’s team would be willing to put pen-to-paper on the contract when:
1 – There is no re-match clause in the event of Wilder winning.
2 – The choice of venue is solely down to Wilder.
3 – A mandatory defence against Alexander Povetkin has been ordered by the WBA.
But, knowing Boxing is a strange sport when it comes to matchmaking, we’ll keep a close eye on proceedings and report back as deemed necessary.