It seems Deontay Wilder’s indecisiveness has cost him the opportunity to face Anthony Joshua next. Multiple sources are reporting that the WBA has ordered Joshua to sign a bout agreement with Alexander Povetkin.

Joshua was angling for the massive championship unification fight with WBC title holder, Deontay Wilder. However, to prepare for the eventuality that terms couldn’t be agreed upon, Joshua’s team were also negotiating with Alexander Povetkin. Terms must be agreed upon within the next 24 hours.

Povetkin is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA belt. In his last outing, he knocked out David Price on the Joshua/Parker undercard.
The news comes just a day after Wilder claimed he was ready to sign the contract, with some corrections. It seems it is too little too late for the WBA. 

Little progress has been made between the two camps for months. Wilder’s side were sent a contract two weeks ago but would not put pen to paper. The heavyweight title unification bout will have to wait.

Source: Sky Sports