Deontay Wilder is willing to take a massive pay cut to ensure the Anthony Joshua fight happens, according to his trainer Jay Deas.
The victor of a Joshua-Wilder bout would be the first man to hold all four heavyweight titles - WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO - simultaneously.
Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel later told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK.
There is a lot of sorting out to do for this fight, but great news that in principle he seems to be on board for the idea of coming to the United Kingdom for the fight.
Unbeaten WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder has accepted an offer from unified champion Anthony Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, for a two-fight deal which includes a first meeting this fall in Joshua's home of England. We made this offer about four weeks ago and I don't know if he's come back because he's heard we're close to closing the Povetkin fight or whether he wants the fight, but either way he's going to be getting a contract from us ASAP. "One thing I can tell you is by the end of this week, Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we'll see if he's real". The $50M offer for him to fight me next in the United States is still available.
Hearn has said that he is also close to a deal with Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs), 38, of Russia, Joshua could fight both this year, and they were trying to figure out which order to do the fights, though Povetkin would be a risky fight before taking on Wilder for far more money.
"We see this as a Wembley fight and we're quite limited in that respect", said Hearn. We can't wait. Send the contract'. "We wanted a percentage, but we didn't think we could get it done in a quick time frame, so we said let's take what they've offered us".
"We've got to get to the bottom of it all today".
Wilder and Joshua will put their undefeated heavyweight records on the line. It's up to them to choose USA or UK.
Wilder is 40-0 with 39 knockouts, while Joshua is 21-0 with 20 knockouts.
Should Joshua, 28, fight the American next, the victor would become the first heavyweight to hold all four recognised world titles at once. "But obviously this Canelo fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with U.S. TV". October or November are being considered, though it is understood that the latter is more likely, and Cardiff would be the principle option because it is indoors.