Deontay Wilder

Wilder lets fly at Joshua

It emerged on Tuesday that the WBA had ordered Joshua to agree a date for a mandatory title defence against Alexander Povetkin.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, questioned whether Wilder wants to step into the ring with the Briton, stating that he had not heard back from the American's camp after sending a contract over last week.

Hearn said it appears that a bout with Povetkin will be next for WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA strap-holder Joshua and Wilder – the WBC champion – let his feelings be known over that latest twist.

Hearn: Joshua frustrated by Wilder

WBC champion Wilder is yet to agree to a unification fight with Joshua, who is aiming to hold all four of the major heavyweight belts. 

The lengthy negotiations have once again stalled after delays in the American's camp returning the contract they were sent by Hearn.

Now, the World Boxing Association (WBA) has ordered the Briton to sign for a mandatory title defence against Povetkin within 24 hours, and Hearn believes the governing body has run out of patience.

Wilder to be sent AJ terms

The unbeaten fighters have been on a collision course for some time, particularly since Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to add the WBO strap to his WBA and IBF belts.

However, despite plenty of back-and-forth verbal sparring, a deal has yet to materialise and Hearn, Joshua's promoter, recently suggested that an agreement to fight Alexander Povetkin was close and the Wilder clash would have to wait until February 2019.

Joshua-Wilder set for February 2019

Unbeaten knockout merchants Joshua (21-0) and Deontay Wilder (40-0) have seemingly been on a collision course for some time, particularly since the former beat Joseph Parker to add the WBO title to his WBA and IBF belts.

Negotiations with WBC holder Wilder and his camp have appeared fractious at best, but a breakthrough appears on the horizon.

However, Joshua will likely fight WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin first, with an announcement expected before the end of the week.

Wilder offers Joshua $50million

A unification bout with WBC champion Wilder has been touted for WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Joshua, who claimed the latter belt with a unanimous decision over Joseph Parker last month.

A clash between the two unbeaten boxers is the fight everyone wants to see and on Wednesday, American Wilder announced he had something in the mail for Joshua – a $50m offer.

"I got something special for you," Wilder tweeted. "And by the way, all the money's in the bag."

Deontay Wilder's team set to make a counter offer to Anthony Joshua within next 48 hours

The WBC king this week rejected a reported flat fee of $12.5m for a world heavyweight title fight against Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO belt holder, but the American's backers will respond with their own offer to the British star's promoter Eddie Hearn.

Wilder ready to fight Joshua

Joshua vowed to knock WBC champion Wilder "spark out" after beating Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday to add the WBO belt to his IBF and WBA straps.

Finkel said the Wilder camp are prepared to come to an agreement to face the Briton, with reports that a two-fight deal for bouts in the UK and the United States is on the cards.

"We are really glad that Anthony Joshua said for the first time, 'I will fight Deontay next...' and we believe he is a man of his word. Deontay accepts the challenge," Finkel told The Daily Telegraph.

Wilder vs Ortiz: Deontay Wilder stops Luis Ortiz in the 10th round to retain WBC world title

The 'Bronzed Bomber' had his challenger down in the fifth round and twice in the decisive onslaught but was in all sorts of trouble in the seventh round.

Wilder was starting a disastrous defeat in the face as Ortiz almost finished him off, only for the WBC heavyweight world champion to cling on and then turn the fight on its head, eventually finishing it just over two minutes into the 10th.

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Wilder vs Ortiz: Luis Ortiz says Deontay Wilder trash talk is just noise

Wilder, who has promised to face Anthony Joshua if he beats Joseph Parker, will defend his world title belt for a seventh time when he takes on Ortiz at the Barclays Centre, New York, on March 3, live on Sky Sports.

The two fighters head into this bout undefeated, and Ortiz is confident he can knock out the 'Bronze Bomber', insisting he is the toughest opponent Wilder has ever come up against.

"He's talking too much. He's going to have to back that up in the ring," said Ortiz. "He says he's going to kill 'King Kong'.

Deontay Wilder believes Joseph Parker has one big advantage over Anthony Joshua

The highly-anticipated bout will see Joshua and Parker put their IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO belts and unbeaten records on the line, as both fighters aim to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

Many pundits out of the UK believe Joshua's size and skill will prove too much for Parker at the Principality Stadium on April 1 (NZ time), but Wilder has a different perspective.

Speaking to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE's Sunday Sport, Wilder issued a warning not to be deceived by the Briton's chiselled physique.