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Deontay Wilder remains confident over Anthony Joshua '50-50' fight

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Negotiations of the highly anticipated fight may seem to have dragged on, but Deontay Wilder is confident that the fight with Anthony Joshua can be made on the right terms.

The WBC heavyweight world champion, however, may not be able to fight Joshua until April 2019 if a unification bout is not agreed by the end of this year.

"This fight definitely can be made," Wilder stated to PBC Jabs.

"I think the fight will be made. Just that this time around when you come to the table, you'll have to come correct. This will be a 50-50 fight. And that's the bottom line."

The 'Bronze Bomber' is said to have not received a contract with a date or venue, despite Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn signing a two-fight deal at the iconic Wembley Stadium for September 22 and April 13.

"We've tried everything… I'm not going to sign a contract that doesn't have a date, that doesn't have a venue.

"Nah, that's one-sided. This contract is straight blind, one-sided, anyone who's talking about 'just sign it' you can kiss me where the sun don't shine, baby, because that ain't never happening."

A rumoured $15m has been offered to Wilder as a flat fee and not percentage, according to reports, but Hearn feels the fee should be reduced due to the potential rise in Joshua's value as a fighter after his fight with Russian Alexander Povetkin.

"We're going to send them this week a new contract with a new date, and Joshua is going to sign the contract, so it's even more black and white," Hearn announced.

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Having Joshua's signature down on a new contract is Hearn's latest ploy to tempt Wilder to agree a fight for April next year, but we are expecting to see the American take on Dominic Breazeale by the end of the year.

Breazeale is now the WBC's number one challenger after stopping Eric Molina last November, and the heavyweight took Joshua to seven rounds in 2016.

"The fans can expect to see me back in the ring very soon."

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