WBC champion Deontay Wilder claims Anthony Joshua’s team are “begging” for a world heavyweight unification bout.

A bout between Wilder and Joshua holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts – would unify the titles in the heavyweight division.

Wilder successfully defended his belt in a bout against Britain’s Tyson Fury in Los Angeles earlier this month after the judges announced that the bout ended in a split draw.

The WBC has since sanctioned a direct rematch after a “unanimous agreement” in a meeting of the board of governors.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had previously engaged in failed negotiations with Wilder’s team.

A bout between WBC champion Wilder and Joshua holds the IBF and WBO, WBA belts – would unify the titles in the heavyweight division.

The 29-year-old British boxer is yet to confirm an opponent for his next fight on 13 April at Wembley Stadium, with Hearn saying “it comes down to what Wilder wants to do”.