Anthony Joshua, Nigerian-born British boxer, on Thursday confirmed he would be fighting United States, US, boxer, Deontay Wilder in 2018.
The World Heavyweights promoter, Eddie Hearn confirmed the news to Sky Sports.
In a tweet on its Twitter handle, SkySport wrote: “@EddieHearn tells@SkySportsNews that@anthonyfjoshua will fight@BronzeBomber in 2018. Talks start today.”
Prior to the confirmation, Wilder had challenged the British boxer to a bout.
Few days ago, Hearn had revealed that the Nigeria born British professional boxer intends to “eat” Wilder during the world title unification fight next year.
Wilder had called out Joshua and his promoters to stop hiding and pick a date for the bout.
Anthony Joshua “happy” to fight Wilder next
Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, has said that Anthony Joshua would be happy to face Deontay Wilder next, if they both come through their world title fights successfully.
Wilder has accused Hearn of ‘milking the cow’ instead of taking a fight against him, but the Matchroom Boxing boss has welcomed this blockbuster bout, provided that Joshua firstly wins a unification clash with WBO title-holder Parker on March 31.
“Talking of milking the cow, I think Deontay’s got a chip on his shoulder, because his udders are dry,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.
“He’s making very small money and needs a new promoter. I don’t think he has a promoter at the moment, so if he doesn’t – Deontay just pick up the phone, drop me a line. We’ll get this AJ fight, we’ll make you some real money.
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“He’s WBC champion, he’s a great fighter, who is a great personality, but for this camp he’s been like a one-man salesman, just travelling around the globe, trying to sell his own fight. He should be in camp. This is a proper fight, his first real test.
“Make no mistake, I was with Anthony Joshua this morning, he wants to fight Deontay Wilder. He sees that as an easier fight potentially than the Joseph Parker fight.
“The plan is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He’s got to deal with Parker first on March 31, it’s a tough fight. After that, Deontay is coming to Cardiff, we can sit down, we can get that fight made. No problems from our side.”
Hearn is also prepared to offer a two-fight deal to Wilder, which would see Joshua making his debut in the US.
“Yes, absolutely. Anthony is happy to go into that fight next. Wilder was talking about he wants a 50-50 split. This is ridiculous, we’re going to have three belts, he’s got one.
“He’s doing his thing in America. Now he’s saying that he will take any split, as long as that split is reversed in the rematch. No problem with that. Again, pick up the phone, call me Deontay. It’s very easy, we can get it done over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
“America is fine. We’ll do two fights. There’s loads of different ways we can do the fight, but let’s just get it made.”
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