Hearn: Whyte Frontrunner to Fight Joshua
After stopping Dereck Chisora with an 11th-round knockout in their rematch, Dillian Whyte called out unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in his post-fight comments.
Joshua and Whyte met once before, back in Dec. 2015 with the then-vacant British heavyweight title, as well as Joshua’s WBC international and commonwealth heavyweight titles, on the line. Joshua knocked out Whyte midway through the seventh round.
Joshua is set to fight again next in April at Wembley Stadium, and he’s previously stated that he’s focused on an undisputed championship showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Joshua, however, has also stated that despite a contracted fight at Wembley in April, he may also look at a fight with Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
However, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has given new hope for Whyte, as Hearn says Whyte may now be considered the next challenger due to what he describes as disinterest from Wilder and his team. However, Hearn does warn a deal between Joshua and Whyte might not be any easier to make.
“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. 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.”
But Hearn isn’t counting out Wilder just yet, as he has stated before that he feels Joshua vs. Wilder must happen in 2019.
“Our priorities have not changed to make the Deontay Wilder fight,” Hearn said. “I can’t exactly say it looks like they want the fight. We’re ready to fight Wilder. But maybe they can’t do a deal with Fury in the rematch. If you look at the polls…I saw a poll the other day. It said, ‘who do you see as the best heavyweight in the world?’ It was 44 percent Joshua, 40 percent Tyson Fury, and 6 percent Deontay Wilder.
Although [Wilder’s] profile has risen out of the Tyson Fury fight, if you’re Tyson Fury now, what deal do you accept to fight Deontay Wilder? [Fury] feels like he won the first fight. He should have won the first fight. Then you think, should we just make Joshua against Fury? But also Joshua against Whyte is a really, really good fight.
Original Story: Boxing Scene