Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder – Full Timeline (March to June 2018)
WBN has been at the forefront recently of updating on the Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder negotiations and still awaits further developments on the possible undisputed unification.
A contract was expected to arrive at Deontay Wilder advisor Shelly Finkel’s office on Friday, and so far, there’s been no confirmation.
Sunday was said to be a day for movement on the matter, although it’s all be quiet on the Western front – which could be good or bad in equal measure.
Either Finkel is going over the paperwork with a fine-tooth comb, or there’s been nothing received as yet and means the fight is in danger of collapse.
Hopefully, it’s the former, and fans can look forward to one of the biggest top division battles so far.
Here’s a full timeline of events leading up to this point:
March 23, 2018 – Joshua fires the first warning to Wilder.
March 28 – Joshua confirms intentions to open talks.
April 1 – Deontay Wilder’s team give the first indication they will accept a deal in the UK.
April 2 – Initial talks and potential terms are revealed.
April 3 – Wilder accepts a fight in the UK.
April 4 – Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn reveals contact with Al Haymon.
April 5 – Joshua’s mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin throws a spanner in the works.
April 8 – Shelly Finkel outlines his reservations about Joshua accepting the fight.
April 9 – Joshua rejects fighting Povetkin.
April 10 – AJ states he wants home advantage for the initial fight
April 11 – Joshua’s opening offer is revealed to be $12.5m
April 26 – Wilder counters Joshua with a huge $50m USA deal.
May 14 – Povetkin representatives hold talks with Matchroom in London as talks stall
May 20 – A USA venue is effectively ruled out for the first contest / Joshua v Wilder: Undisputed fight in jeopardy over US / UK venue
Joshua v Wilder: Undisputed fight in jeopardy over US / UK venue
May 21 – Team Povetkin await confirmation of September fight with Joshua
May 22 – Joshua officially rejects $50m United States offer
May 29 – Wilder signals intentions to fight Joshua in the UK
June 2 – Joshua attempts to draw out Wilder with Povetkin threat
June 4 – Hearn states Povetkin fight is more likely than Wilder.
June 11 – Wilder accepts counter deal offered by Hearn and Joshua
June 12 – Wilder co-manager and trainer Jay Deas reveals terms of new UK deal.
June 13 – Finkel accuses Hearn of confusing fans regarding negotiations
June 14 – Hearn says Joshua v Wilder reigns have been handed over to father Barry.
June 14 – Hearn says Cardiff in October or November is the likely date for Joshua v Wilder.
June 17 – Wilder alludes to the possibility of Joshua backing out of a deal