Clock ticking on Joshua v Wilder agreement as Povetkin waits
Deontay Wilder is under pressure to send back the relevant paperwork for a massive heavyweight clash with Anthony Joshua later this year.
Despite receiving the contract three days later than planned from Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, Shelly Finkel and Team Deontay Wilder have been told to get a move on with signing on the dotted line.
WBN was informed on Tuesday that a contract had been received late on Monday, a whole THREE DAYS LATER than originally stated by Hearn in several interviews.
Wilder’s team had expected to be mulling over the deal on Friday, although have now been given just a short time to agree to the stipulations before Joshua moves on to an arranged fight with mandatory Alexander Povetkin.
Finkel has promised to keep WBN updated in regards to a future decision as it’s not a foregone conclusion that the deal will be signed off.
WBC title holder Wilder had stated he’d agreed the terms of the deal stated previously Joshua, which Hearn has since confirmed have not been altered in the documents in the possession of Finkel.
Everything should now be in place, although it’s worrying for fans that an official confirmation of the signatures is yet to be forthcoming.
With Joshua v Povetkin ready to go, it seems that fight could be the focus moving forward unless Wilder throws a spanner in the works and sends back the completed forms by the end of the week.
With a rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez making it over the line just last Wednesday, Joshua v Wilder would be a welcome addition to the forthcoming calendar.
The pair would meet in a UK collision by November this year before a second meeting in the United States in the late spring or early summer of 2019.
Fingers remain crossed that the contract is to Wilder’s liking and everyone can soon begin to look forward to the biggest top division fight since Lennox Lewis v Mike Tyson in 2002.