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28 April 2018, 07:34 | Donald Newman

GETTY Anthony Joshua has received an offer to face Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn are "definitely" interested in a title unification fight with Deontay Wilder.

Late last night, the undefeated WBC world champion took to social media, challenging the unified heavyweight king. After posting a video on Instagram, initiating a $50 million dollar offer to Joshua, Wilder told TMZ that if Joshua doesn't accept, he's a coward.

This follows a well-publicised projection from Hearn that the bout could gross well over £100 million from ticket sales and pay-per-view costs.

In a Twitter post, Wilder urged Joshua to immediately respond to the offer.

"No disrespect to Deontay but I don't believe he has that kind of money so I want to know where it's coming from and who is paying it".

'(The offer) is more of a PR move than anything but an interesting development all the same.

Hearn, who is in NY for a fight card this weekend, said it was "a great PR stunt" by Wilder's team ahead of their scheduled meeting on Saturday (NZT) to start face-to-face negotiations.

Fury said: "I'm going to have a couple of warm-up fights then I'll be ready for them". But we are in no rush so the big fights will be when it makes sense for me. It makes everyone say: "You've got to take the fight now",' said Hearn.

The 28-year-old Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) won a world title in 2016 and has made five defenses, including unifying three belts with a decision win against Joseph Parker on March 31 in Cardiff, Wales. "There is a real strong chance this fight could happen - we're not looking to be hard".

"And by the way, all the money is in the bag so I expect you to be a man of your word".

Accepting Wilder's offer would likely mean the date and venue for the fight would be set by the American's team. "But it's also a giant fight", Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel said, as per ESPN.

"With all due respect to Deontay Wilder, I don't believe he has $50million", Hearn told Sky Sports.

I was walking along the canal with my dog at the time and I thought 'I'm a fat pig look at the state of me.' I felt like jumping in the canal and drowning. We haven't had a contract yet. Al Haymon and I have not delivered what we've offered.

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