News ID: 215917
Published: 0105 GMT May 29, 2018

Wilder given two weeks to sort out Joshua deal

Wilder given two weeks to sort out Joshua deal

Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has set a two-week timeframe for wrapping up negotiations on Joshua's heavyweight unification with Deontay Wilder – and is expected to switch focus to Alexander Povetkin if Wilder refuses to fight in Britain.

WBC champion Wilder has offered Joshua £37 million to fight in the US, but the WBA, IBF and WBO holder is holding firm for home advantage, with a September date at Wembley, Old Trafford, Twickenham, Cardiff's Principality Stadium or the London Stadium all under discussion, The Daily Mail reported.

Russia's Povetkin, the WBA mandatory challenger, is set to be Joshua's next opponent if the protracted negotiations with Wilder fall through.

Hearn told Sportsmail, “We are probably about two weeks away from a decision on AJ's next fight. September has been earmarked for his return and all focus remains on Deontay Wilder.

“AJ and the team believe that after everything that's been built here, the UK should be the home of this historic undisputed bout and conversations continue with the Wilder camp.

“Povetkin is the likely choice if Wilder refuses to travel. Povetkin is the WBA mandatory so both fights are extremely dangerous.”

A Wilder fight in the US stands as Joshua's most lucrative option, but he is willing to accept a lesser payday for home advantage.









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