Joshua and Wilder To Meet Face To Face
Joshua and Wilder to meet face to face, as both fighters want the monster fight to happen.
The challenge to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder has taken a positive turnaround. Following the announcement of a possible face-to-face meeting between the pugilists.
Talks between the two camps had seemingly flopped following Joshua’s WBA mandatory fight against Alexander Povetkin which comes up in September. Joshua travelled to the United States, sparking speculation that the two pugilists might have a face-to-face meeting, although Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel says that “It is Deontay’s choice whether to meet Joshua or not.”
Negotiations on the impending fight are now expected to hasten following this renewed gusto.
Both boxers must now remain top on their category if their clash is to materialise. Earlier last month, Joshua sent out a contract to Wilder, but it was never honoured, throwing the negotiations to the trash momentarily.
Wilder is reportedly ready to accept a 60/40 split of the fight purse. Their first fight is likely to take place at Wembley Stadium and the second one might take place in Las Vegas or New York.
Finkel said, “Deontay accepts the challenge,” adding that they “believe he is a man of his word.
Wilder’s $50 million offer was rejected by Joshua’s team expressing doubts on how the money would be raised. Whereas Joshua attracts enormous crowds, Wilder’s fights draw relatively lower numbers in comparison.
But both camps are sparing no efforts to see the fight come to be. Finkel reiterated that he would be reaching out to the Matchroom Sports fraternity to streamline the deal.
“We want to make it public that Deontay wants the fight, and we are prepared to come over, or meet here and get the deal done.”Said Finkel in an earlier statement.
This commitment will be instrumental in dictating the direction of the talks and the ultimate decision on this fight,
“We’re ready. Let’s do it. And anyway, unification fights always trump mandatories., Finkel said. “ A unification between Wilder and Joshua would push the mandatories back.”
From the onset setting up a fight between Wilder and Joshua was never expected to be a smooth ride as each of them is highly regarded in two different parts of the world.
Finkel emphasised the importance of carrying out negotiations trustfully and in good faith.
“What Deontay wants is respect shown from Joshua’s side, the same way that Joshua got it from Deontay when he asked for the term sheet.”
Joshua,28, holds three prestigious titles while Wilder is the WBC title holder and reigning champion. Joshua’s ranking in his homeland and the world over is creating a buzz, and every top heavyweight champion seems ready to put Joshua to the test.
The Briton has however raised his stake very high, taking home bountiful purses in thrilling performances. When the WBA asked him to face the mandatory challenger, Wilder insinuated that his challenger was cowering.
The sooner this deal is sealed, the better for fans. One thing is nonetheless apparent; that the two boxers will meet sometime in the future and it will be a big show when it happens.