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Wilder offers Joshua $50m for undisputed title fight

ANTICIPATED: Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua

ANTHONY JOSHUA has received an offer from Deontay Wilder, guaranteeing a 50/50 split with a guarantee of $50m - and he has until midnight on Thursday (Apr 26) to respond.

Joshua, trainer Rob McCracken and promoter Eddie Hearn received emails sent directly from the Bronze Bomber's personal address, with his promoter Shelly Finkel subsequently confirming an offer had been made.

In a video, which was also posted on Wilder's Twitter page, he says: "Anthony, get with your man Eddie Hearn because I've got something special for you. All the money is in the bag and I expect you to be a man of your word."

Shelley Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager, confirmed the fee offered to Joshua, telling Sky Sports: “We made an offer to Joshua to fight Deontay in his next fight and we offered him 50 million dollars. He accepts it, it will be there. Al Haymon (Wilder’s other manager) and I have never not delivered what we offered.

“I’ve made an offer, he can either accept it or not. He said 50 million, that’s more than double he’s ever made. If he wants the fight, that’s it.”

Since the announcement, Hearn revealed that he will take the proposition seriously but is keen to find out more details and added he is yet to receive a contract.

The Matchroom promoter told Sky Sports: “We don’t how real it is. Deontay Wilder’s sent the letter and said ‘you’ve got to sign the contract tomorrow and there’s a fight’. We haven’t had a contract yet. It’s a wonderful PR move but we’ll see.

“It’s very nice of Deontay to make that offer, we need to see how secure that is, we need to see a contract, we want to know where it is and quite a lot of other things as well. But we’re definitely interested to look at those numbers.

Both fighters currently hold all four major world titles between them and speculation of a bout has increased since Joshua defeated Joseph Parker last month to unify the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO titles.

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