The bout would take place on April 13 at Wembley Stadium
Anthony Joshua is willing to sign the contract for a fight with Deontay Wilder now in order to put pressure on the American to do the same, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The undisputed heavyweight unification was initially targeted for a September/October 2018 date, but negotiations fell through and AJ will now face Alexander Povetkin instead.
However, Hearn is insistent that both he and Joshua do still want to make the fight happen with the target date being April 13 2019 at Wembley Stadium.
“I spoke to Anthony yesterday,” the promoter told Sky, “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, 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.”
Wilder erupted on social media and in various interviews after the initial collapse of the bout, publicly stating that the deal has now changed and he would no longer accept the $ 15m offer he initially agreed as a result.
Despite this, Eddie Hearn intends to put pressure on the American to change his mind.
“You’ve agreed these terms, we’ve now even signed the contract, so fingers crossed, April 13 at Wembley will be Joshua against Wilder.”