Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have agreed terms for a heavyweight unification bout which will take place at a British venue later this year, ESPN reported on Monday.
According to Pugmire, Wilder's and Joshua's respective teams were quibbling over the location of the fight, with Wilder's camp wanting it in the USA and Joshua's side preferring the UK.
"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K. Deontay has accepted his terms to fight in the U.K.", Finkel said.
Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder's co-managers, told ESPN that World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Wilder had accepted an offer by Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight in autumn.
Hearn has been in simultaneous discussions with both the Wilder and Povetkin teams over this next move and Wilder was always the Plan A. An announcement on Joshua's opponent is imminent, so it remains to be seen if Wilder's latest public claims - which have occasionally been viewed with scepticism by the Hearn camp in the past couple of months - can have a late bearing on the plans.
Wilder, who offered Joshua $50m to take the fight in the US, says that offer is still on the table.
"Now we will see if they live up to it or if they try to go through with the fight with [mandatory challenger Alexander] Povetkin first". The ball is in their court. "Deontay wrote to Joshua and said 'Hey, I accept your offer, let's fight in the U.K'". "It's up to them to choose".
"If for any reason Anthony changes his mind and wants to fight in the U.S, the $50M offer we have made to him is still there", Finkel said.
That didn't stop the world heavyweight champion from offering up another fight back in the U.S.
The WBC world heavyweight champion had, according to reports, agreed to a two-fight deal to take on the WBA Super, IBO, IBF and WBO champion, 29, in the United Kingdom next. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won his belt in 2015 and has made seven title defenses, including scoring a massive 10th-round knockout of then-unbeaten top contender Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in a riveting fight on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.