Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder – Full Timeline (March to June 2018)

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Deontay Wilder Anthony Joshua
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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.

Anthony Joshua WARNS Deontay Wilder on undisputed clash: Get SERIOUS, or we’ll FREEZE YOU OUT!

March 28 – Joshua confirms intentions to open talks.

Anthony Joshua recalls previous efforts to fight Deontay Wilder, fully intends to open talks again.

April 1 – Deontay Wilder’s team give the first indication they will accept a deal in the UK.

EXCLUSIVE: Message to Joshua from Wilder team – ‘WE ACCEPT, send CONTRACTS immediately!’

April 2 – Initial talks and potential terms are revealed.

Joshua v Wilder: Fans given REAL HOPE of UNDISPUTED clash as 60-40 TERMS and TALKS are revealed

April 3 – Wilder accepts a fight in the UK.

Deontay Wilder releases a statement on Anthony Joshua’s fight.

April 4 – Joshua promoter Eddie Hearn reveals contact with Al Haymon.

Hearn OPENS TALKS for Joshua v Wilder, reveals why the UNDISPUTED clash NEEDS TO HAPPEN NEXT.

April 5 – Joshua’s mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin throws a spanner in the works.

Povetkin demands to threaten Joshua v Wilder’s undisputed fight.

April 8 – Shelly Finkel outlines his reservations about Joshua accepting the fight.

Shelly Finkel: Only way Deontay Wilder fight doesn’t happen will be down to Anthony Joshua

April 9 – Joshua rejects fighting Povetkin.

Joshua DISMISSES Povetkin wants WBA mandatory DELAY as Wilder undisputed OFFER is prepared.

April 10 – AJ states he wants home advantage for the initial fight

‘The UK first, then the USA – If I were Deontay Wilder, I’d grab this great deal!’ – Anthony Joshua.

April 11 – Joshua’s opening offer is revealed to be $12.5m

Joshua offers Wilder far less than Parker, can expect a counteroffer.

April 26 – Wilder counters Joshua with a huge $50m USA deal.

Deontay Wilder counters Anthony Joshua by granting a $50m MEGA-PURSE wish, sets DEADLINE.

May 14 – Povetkin representatives hold talks with Matchroom in London as talks stall

Hearn meets with Povetkin promoter Ryabinskiy, which means one of two things for Joshua v Wilder.

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

EXCLUSIVE: World of Boxing seek Joshua v Povetkin green light for SEPTEMBER FIGHT, unsure of Wilder intentions

May 22 – Joshua officially rejects $50m United States offer

Eddie Hearn explains Anthony Joshua’s decision NOT TO ACCEPT $50m to face Deontay Wilder in the USA.

May 29 – Wilder signals intentions to fight Joshua in the UK

Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua fight WILL HAPPEN, possibly in SEPTEMBER in the UK.

June 2 – Joshua attempts to draw out Wilder with Povetkin threat

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin CLOSE as heavyweight king TURNS BACK ON undisputed Deontay Wilder clash.

June 4 – Hearn states Povetkin fight is more likely than Wilder.

Eddie Hearn says ‘at the moment it’s Joshua v Povetkin’, holds out hope for Deontay Wilder agreement.

June 11 – Wilder accepts counter deal offered by Hearn and Joshua

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Deontay Wilder ACCEPTS Anthony Joshua terms

June 12 – Wilder co-manager and trainer Jay Deas reveals terms of new UK deal.

EXCLUSIVE: Wilder trainer Deas confirms Joshua offer is ‘WAY LESS’ than their $50m, looks forward to UK clash

June 13 – Finkel accuses Hearn of confusing fans regarding negotiations

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Hearn CONTRADICTED himself on Joshua v Wilder NEGOTIATIONS – says Shelly Finkel

June 14 – Hearn says Joshua v Wilder reigns have been handed over to father Barry.

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Hearn responds to Shelly Finkel comments, updates on Joshua v Wilder talks

June 14 – Hearn says Cardiff in October or November is the likely date for Joshua v Wilder.

EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Hearn on Joshua v Wilder CONTRACT, DATES, NEW VENUE, and Povetkin DEAL STATUS

June 17 – Wilder alludes to the possibility of Joshua backing out of a deal

Joshua v Wilder: WBC Champ goads rival as undisputed agreement deadline looms

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