WBN has been at the forefront of the Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder negotiations having updated with further developments on the possible undisputed unification this week.
A contract arrived with Deontay Wilder advisor and co-manager Shelly Finkel at his office on Monday, with only clarification on TWO POINTS needed before ‘The Bronze Bomber’ signs the deal.
Finkel exclusively told World Boxing News on Thursday: “We looked at the contract on Monday and raised two specific details in the paperwork that we needed clarification of,” Finkel exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It’s frustrating as Eddie Hearn is stating in the media that we need to be quick and sign the contract, but how can we sign if they don’t respond to our email and clarify our concerns?
“If we are being rushed we really need to hear back from Barry in order to be able to complete things on our side,” he added.
Hopefully, things can be addressed as soon as possible, although WBN understands an official announcement may not be possible until next week.
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
March 30 – Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith says he doesn’t expect a deal until 2019
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 huge $50m USA deal
April 26 – Hearn asks for proof the money exists
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 contestJoshua 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
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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 are likely dates for Joshua v Wilder
June 17 – Wilder alludes to the possibility of Joshua backing out of a deal