Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s Promoter, has disclosed that Dillian Whyte would likely be the world champions’ next opponent in April, 2019, at the Wembley Stadium, England.
According to Hearn, WBC world champion, Deontay Wilder, is not showing any interest in fighting the IBF/WBA/WBC champion.
He admitted that his job as a promoter for Whyte, also a Briton, is to get him a world title shot.
Boxing fans in the United Kingdom are also reportedly keen to see Joshua fight Whyte, even though it would be a re-match. Joshua had knocked out Whyte in the 7th round in 2015.
Wilder is said to be focused on a rematch against Tyson Fury next year, but even if he was available for Joshua, no headway had been made in negotiation yet.
Joshua had revealed that what he was being offered by Wilder’s camp was not profitable, based on current deals he has with certain sponsors.
“As it stands today, I would probably say that judging by the response from Wilder’s team, Dillian Whyte is probably the front-runner,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“We got to do a deal, and it’s not going to be easy about a fight between Joshua and Dillian Whyte. “Dillian wants certain things, and Joshua wants certain things. They don’t like each other, but there’s a lot of money to be made in that fight. It’s a really good fight.”
Joshua defeated Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in a mandatory challenge in September, to defend his title, while Whyte last week defeated Derek Chisora.