ANTHONY JOSHUA has told Deontay Wilder he'll take their eagerly-anticipated fight "tomorrow" for £35million.
It was reported yesterday that Eddie Hearn has sent an £8.8m offer to Wilder to face AJ... although Hearn himself has denied that claim.
The huge unification bout is estimated to be worth around £70m... with Wilder’s team first asking for a 50/50 split, before saying they’d take 40 percent.
WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Joshua has now told Wilder that if he believes their fight is worth £70m, he should send him £35m and he’ll sign the fight tomorrow.
Joshua told Sky Sports: “If it is a $100m fight and they are happy with taking 60-40, I'll take 50-50.
"Give me $50m dollars up front and I swear I'll take that fight tomorrow. [But] they're not making offers like that, but they're talking about it, so it's not real.
“We offered them a lucrative deal and we are just waiting to hear if he's serious or not. They like to jump on social media, rather than emailing us back in a professional manner.
“I don't understand where they're coming from, nevertheless, there's many heavyweights out there that are serious."
"It has to happen. There's not really been many fights in the heavyweight division in history that haven't happened when you're talking about championship level.
“In terms of history, I think that this fight has to happen because it wouldn't be great for this era of boxing if it doesn't happen."
Meanwhile, Wilder called Joshua "a joke" as the hype surrounding a potential fight continues to build.
The American claimed: "They are scared of me. He needs to take that ‘F*** Fear’ patch off his trunks because that doesn’t apply to him.
"It’s been almost two years now [Joshua has been ducking].
"There are a lot of things in my career, in terms of calling the best out, I’ve been doing that from the beginning.
“I’ve always got the short end of the stick because when they look at me they recognise a real person, a real fighter.
“I’m a real hitter, they recognise that. With that being said, in boxing nowadays, nobody wants to lose their ‘0’ because now it has transformed into this business type of thing.
"The more you stay undefeated, the more you look good and people want to do things with you.
“When you have a loss, in the mindset now, people don’t think there is a way of coming back but if you look back in past days of fights, you’ve seen some of the best have fought.
"Ali, one of the greatest, he lost. It’s all about falling and getting back up.
"A lot of these guys, man, they are just jokes. Anthony Joshua is one of those guys. Hear it from my mouth, he is a joke.”