Joshua v Wilder: How undisputed heavyweight unification collapsed

Joshua v Wilder 27/06/2018
Anthony Joshua Deontay Wilder

📸 Lawrence Lustig / Ed Diller

WBN has been at the forefront of the Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder negotiations having updated with developments from both sides of the Atlantic on the matter.

Wilder advisor and co-manager Shelly Finkel has been gracious enough to keep WBN in the loop on the American side, whilst WBN reporters have spoken to Eddie Hearn and Sky Head of Boxing Adam Smith face-to-face to get his view on proceedings.

After the fight collapsed this week, WBN looks at where it all went wrong with a full and frank timeline of negotiations from start to finish.

See below for the very beginning of the whole saga, which happened just before Joshua unified further against Joseph Parker in March.

Full timeline of events leading to collapse of Joshua v Wilder:

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 …

June 23 – Eddie Hearn comments on Joshua v Wilder CONTRACT POINTS as clouds form over Showtime / DAZN US TV RIGHTS …

June 23 – CONFIRMED: Joshua v Wilder CONTRACT POINTS ADDRESSED, response NEXT WEEK – says Shelly Finkel …

June 23 – EXPLOSIVE! SHOCKED Deontay Wilder BREAKS SILENCE, gives interview blasting Eddie Hearn and talking Anthony Joshuanegotiations …

June 25 – Eddie Hearn replies to Deontay Wilder video interview, questions desire to fight Anthony Joshua …

June 25 – EXCLUSIVE: Shelly Finkel SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT on Joshua v Wilder, reveals CONTRACT will be SENT BY FRIDAY …

June 26 – EXCLUSIVE: Shelly Finkel reveals ASTONISHING ‘FACT’ regarding Deontay Wilder’s $50m US OFFER to Anthony Joshua …

June 26 – SHOCKER: Joshua handed WAY OUT of Wilder clash as WBA give 24 HOURS to seal Povetkin mandatory …

June 26 – Eddie Hearn explains why Anthony Joshua cannot wait another three days for Deontay Wilder contract …

June 26 – EXCLUSIVE: Shelly Finkel gives EXPLOSIVE RESPONSE, says ‘Anthony Joshua and team NEVER WANTED Deontay Wilder fight’  …

June 26 – EXCLUSIVE: Hearn offers Wilder April 13th Joshua date at Wembley …

June 26 – EXCLUSIVE: ‘Team Joshua SHOULD HAVE ASKED WBA for WilderEXCEPTION if they REALLY WANTED the fight’ – says Finkel …

June 27 – Deontay Wilder RAGES AT ‘cowards’ Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn, says Alexander Povetkin mandatory DIDN’T MATTER over UNIFICATION …

Hopefully things can pick up again after Joshua faces Povetkin in September, with that date of April 13th the only indication so far that Wilder has something to consider.

Joshua needs to come through the tough Povetkin unscathed, whilst Wilder must now concentrate on WBC mandatory Dominic Breazeale.