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Report: Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder Agree to All Terms for 2-Fight Contract

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Heavyweight sluggers Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are set to face different opponents on Saturday at the Day of Reckoning: Fight Night in Saudi Arabia, but they reportedly finally agreed to fight each other.

According to boxing insider Dan Rafael, Joshua and Wilder have agreed to “all terms” on a two-fight deal, and they’re expected to sign the contracts ahead of Saturday’s event.

Rafael added that “the outline of a deal, including the financial terms” for a mega fight between Joshua and Wilder on March 9 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was “agreed to more than a week ago.” However, “there were still a variety of open issues.”

The two fighters came to terms after a meeting with officials from Riyadh Season, which has bankrolled the major fights in Saudi Arabia. It was noted that their fight is contingent upon both of them winning their respective bouts at Day of Reckoning.

Joshua will be facing Otto Wallin and Wilder will be facing Joseph Parker in the headlining bouts of Saturday’s fight card. Joshua will be seeking his third win of the year after his wins over Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius, the latter of which came by seventh-round knockout. Wilder hasn’t fought in 14 months, last defeating Helenius by first-round knockout in October 2022.

Wilder and Joshua have been circling each other for quite some time, and they’ve even taken shots at each other in the buildup to Saturday’s event instead of focusing on their opponents. Wilder called Joshua “a nervous wreck” after they were near one another at a recent press conference.

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“For me, he was all nervous,” Wilder said. “Nerves when it comes to me, because they don’t know how I am. They don’t know how I am in different situations, so when I came in that relaxed manner it really shocked him. And it shocked a lot of people.”

However, Wilder went on to add that he wishes success for Joshua because he knows the bigger fight is on the horizon.

“He’s got to get Wallin out the way and I’ve got to get Parker out the way and may God be with us in those fights and when we come out safe we let the big games begin,” Wilder said.