Will Joshua v Wilder contract be agreed? – Complete coverage / Updated news timeline of events

Joshua v Wilder 22/06/2018
Deontay Wilder Anthony Joshua Shelly Finkel

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.

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

March 30 – Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith says he doesn’t expect a deal until 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder COULD BE A YEAR AWAY, says Sky Boxing Chief

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 statement on Anthony Joshua fight

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

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

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

Povetkin demands threaten Joshua v Wilder 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

‘UK first, then USA – If I was 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 counter offer

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

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

April 26 – Hearn asks for proof the money exists

SHOW ME THE MONEY! – Hearn admits interest in Wilder’s $50m purse offer, Joshua wants proof

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

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

May 20 – A USA venue is effectively ruled out for the first contestJoshua 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 decision NOT TO ACCEPT $50m to face Deontay Wilder in USA

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

Deontay Wilder says Anthony Joshua fight WILL HAPPEN, possibly SEPTEMBER in 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 with REMATCH CLAUSE for 2018 UK CLASH – says Shelly Finkel

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 are likely dates 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

June 19 – CONFIRMED: Joshua v Wilder CONTRACT SENT for heavyweight SUPER-FIGHT …

June 19 – EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua UNDISPUTED deal REMAINS ALIVE, in THE HANDS of Deontay Wilder’s team …

June 20 – EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder – Contract being CONSIDERED, deal hangs IN THE BALANCE …

June 20 – Joshua v Wilder contract sent THREE DAYS LATE comes with ‘SIGN NOW OR WE FIGHT POVETKIN’ warning …

June 21 – Clock ticking on Joshua v Wilder agreement as Povetkin waits …

June 21 – Showtime boss expects Joshua v Wilder confirmation …

June 21 – EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m hearing it’s Joshua v Wilder in October’ – says Dereck Chisora …


June 22 – Joshua v Wilder: TWO CONTRACT CLARIFICATION POINTS from an UNDISPUTED agreement …