By Chineze Ogugua
Anthony Joshua will agree to Deontay Wilder’s $50m (£35.9m) unification fight offer only when he sees the money. This is according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Wilder had posted a video on Twitter showing WBO, IBF and WBA titles holder Joshua, 28, saying he would accept the fight for $50m but Hearn has insisted that he money must “exist” before any bout is agreed “in either London or Vegas”.
A meeting between both fighters and their advisors will hold on Friday with either parties allowed to choose date and venue.
According to Hearn, he said, “It’s a great move from Deontay. It makes everyone say: ‘You’ve got to take the fight now’,”
“We really want to do the fight in the UK because we’ve built something special there but if there’s substantial money to do it elsewhere we will definitely look at it. In my opinion it’s got to be in the UK or possibly Vegas.”
“It’s not a case of we sign the contract and they go and raise the money. If you’ve got it – show us it and then we can talk.”
“I spoke to AJ – he knows the situation but we want to know if it’s real. We want to see the money and know where it is.There’s a real strong chance this fight could happen – we’re not looking to be difficult.”
Joshua is still unbeaten in the heavyweight division and holds the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO titles.
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