Deontay Wilder's team respond to Eddie Hearn's contractual claims

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Deontay Wilder promoter Shelly Finkel has laid down in no uncertain terms that his fighter is ready for Anthony Joshua and that his team are waiting for Joshua's side to seal a deal for the unification bout.

The bout between Wilder and Joshua is one of the most anticipated fights of recent times, with the winner walking away a unified heavyweight champion.

Recent news had suggested that sticking points such as the location of the fight and the distribution of the purse might derail plans for the blockbuster bout.

Just last week Eddie Hearn expressed concerns about the Wilder team negotiations, suggesting that Wilder himself was only 'bluffing' about a fight with Joshua.

However, Wilder's promoter Shelly Finkel has laid these rumors to rest by stating unequivocally that his fighter has agreed to all terms and is just waiting to sign a contract.

Finkel told World Boxing News: “The story is very simple and that is Deontay Wilder today [Monday], accepted the terms that Anthony Joshua’s team gave us.

"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. It’s now in Joshua’s court."

Speaking late on Tuesday evening, Finkel said: “When Deontay Wilder said he accepted the terms, we also requested contract from Barry and Eddie. Now that Eddie has said publicly we will have it by Friday I hope that’s real and we get it.

“We’ve made it clear, we’ve accepted their offer, we’re ready to come the UK and we've also confirmed that the $50 million offer to fight in the U.S. is still available to Joshua if he wants it.

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"Eddie said we will get a contract Friday and we await it. Obviously, some of Eddie’s quotes are contradictory. Just be honest because eventually you will get called out.

“In one breath he says in a newspaper, ‘I speak to him every day,’ and he then says, ‘I haven’t spoken to them for weeks,’.

"You speak to us every day or you haven’t spoken to us for four weeks? Which one is it? I met Barry on June 1. That was 11 days ago.

“We are hopeful that the contract he sends is one that will result in this fight happening rather than a contract that guarantees it won’t happen.

"This is the fight the fans want and so do we, we’ll find out soon if the Joshua side wants it."

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