Anthony Joshua taking big step to try to nail down Deontay Wilder megafight

Anthony Joshua is to put pen to paper on a contract to fight Deontay Wilder at Wembley on April 13 to show the WBC heavyweight champion how serious he is about facing him.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants to rekindle negotiations with Wilder’s camp over a unification clash after they broke down last month with each side blaming the other.

The Englishman, whose next fight will be against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on September 22, will sign the contract Hearn sent to Wilder a month ago in response to the American saying he agreed to the contest.

Hearn hopes the move will persuade Wilder to also put pen to paper over facing unbeaten WBA Super, IBF and WBO king Joshua at Wembley in front of a potential record 100,000 crowd on April 13.

“I’m pretty confident," Hearn told Sky Sports News. "I think at the moment he’s [Wilder] throwing his toys out of the pram, and eventually we hope he’ll come to his senses.

“I spoke to Anthony yesterday. I think what we’re going to do is, all the terms that were agreed by Deontay Wilder have now been put into the contract.

They’ve had them now for over a month, and they haven’t done anything, so I think what we’re going to do is we’re going to sign the contract.

“ Anthony Joshua says, ‘Let’s sign the contract and put it in front of them, rather than them thinking that we’re bluffing for some bizarre reason, or we don’t want the fight.’

“You’ve agreed these terms, we’ve now even signed the contract. So, fingers crossed, April 13 at Wembley will be Joshua against Wilder.”

Who wins the fight?


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