Location seemed to be the largest stumbling block in the talks between the fighters" camps as both men wanted home advantage and "AJ' has seemingly won out after admitting that he'd be happy to take a lesser purse to have the contest take place in the UK.
World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder claims he has agreed to fight Britain's Anthony Joshua in the UK.
"We have agreed to the terms that Eddie has put out to us for a fight in the U.K.", Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel told ESPN.
Complicating matters is that Joshua is already due to take on WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
"The fact that we've lost four weeks waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder makes a fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely", Hearn said. Wilder would be one of the biggest bouts in boxing.
'Deontay sent an email to Joshua on Sunday night and I sent one today to Barry Hearn and Eddie telling them that we officially accept the offer to fight under the terms they gave us and to send us the contract'. And we said yes. We made this offer about four weeks ago and I don't know if he's come back because he's heard we're close to closing the Povetkin fight or whether he wants the fight, but either way he's going to be getting a contract from us ASAP.
The prospect of setting foot inside the squared circle and a potential fight with Wilder - the WBC heavyweight champion of the world - was put to Jones by a fan during a Twitter Q&A earlier this morning. We've got to speak to them about what date suits them.
That didn't stop the world heavyweight champion from offering up another fight back in the U.S. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), 32, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, won his belt in 2015 and has made seven title defenses, including scoring a massive 10th-round knockout of then-unbeaten top contender Luis "King Kong" Ortiz in a riveting fight on March 3 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It's up to them to choose USA or United Kingdom.
The offer also includes a rematch clause, which Joshua and his team insisted on, and Wilder is happy to accept that also.