Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn has announced that Anthony Joshua has agreed to sign a contract to fight Deontay Wilder in April 2019.
Joshua has signed a two-fight deal with Wembley Stadium, with the second fight pencilled in for April 13th and according to Sky Sports, that is when Joshua will fight Wilder.
Both fighters have been locked in fight negotiations for the last three months, with Wilder eager to face Joshua in September.
However, the talks broke down and IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua is set to face WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley next.
Both fighters have publicly claimed that they want to face each other and Joshua is ready to go to war with Wilder next year.
Eddie Hearn confirmed the news by saying:
I’m pretty confident. I think at the moment he’s [Wilder] throwing his toys out of the pram, and eventually, we hope he’ll come to his senses.
I spoke to Anthony yesterday and I think what we’re going to do is all the terms that were agreed by Deontay Wilder have now been put into the contract. They’ve had them now for over a month, and they haven’t done anything, so I think what we’re going to do, we’re going to sign the contract.
Anthony Joshua says let’s sign the contract and put it in front of them, rather than them thinking that we’re bluffing for some bizarre reason, or we don’t want the fight.
Anthony’s going to have a press conference for his next fight next week and he’ll be in America as well, and it will be good to go out there and say we’ve done all we can.
“You’ve agreed on these terms, we’ve now even signed the contract, so fingers crossed, April 13 at Wembley will be Joshua against Wilder.
WBC champion Wilder has hit out at Hearn and Joshua in recent weeks due to the negotiations breaking down but Hearn has blamed the American for failing to sign the contract sent to him.
With Joshua ready to sign the contract first for a proposed fight in April, Wilder can’t complain and is likely to do the same to create what is set to be a historic bout.