Deontay Wilder’s advisor and co-manager Shelly Finkel has confirmed an offer has been made by promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight with Anthony Joshua.
The fight that seemed to have become the latest in a saga of fights that allude the world of boxing seems to be one step closer to materialising.
Phil Jay reported for World Boxing News confirmation Wilder’s team had received the contract Joshua’s promoter Hearn previously stated he had sent.
"We have received the contract and we are reviewing it.
"We will update in due course as to the next step,” Finkel exclusively told WBN.
This acts as the most promising bit of news boxing fans could have wished for in a fight that seemed destined to lose all chances of happening in 2018.
The two heavyweights who hold a combined record of 59 knockouts exchanged a war of words over social media, and after Joshua said in an interview with iFL TV he would accept a fight with Wilder for £50 million, this prompted the undefeated American to offer that sum to AJ via Instagram.
Hearn and Joshua had doubts over whether Wilder and his team had the funds to make this fight and talks hit another standstill.
Joshua was set to face his WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin, who last fought on AJ’s undercard in March stopping Englishman David Price in five rounds.
While Wilder looked like he would meet former Joshua opponent Dominic Breazeale in a mandatory WBC defence.
Joshua was ordered by the WBA to fight Povetkin unless a fight could be agreed with Wilder and Hearn already stated terms had been agreed with the Russian.
This added to reports terms could not be met by both Joshua and Wilder as the WBA, WBO and IBF titleist insisted on the unification bout taking place in the UK.
A breakthrough finally surfaced as Wilder took to social media to accept Joshua’s terms of the fight prompting Hearn to send the contract.
If the fight is to take place, the winner will become the first ever undisputed heavyweight champion to hold all four of the major organisations world titles.