Reports had initially indicated that the negotiations were at loggerheads after Whyte took issue with a one-sided rematch clause in favor of Joshua.
This was on the basis that there was no title on the line, which is why the ‘bodysnatcher’ wanted a winner-takes-all fight with the winner facing Deontay Wilder.
Those demands were heeded by Joshua’s camp as the rematch clause was dropped, leading Whyte to sign on the dotted line.
BREAKING: Dillian Whyte has signed and returned the requested agreement as the rematch with Anthony Joshua edges closer to an official announcement 🥊 pic.twitter.com/TsxSlktTNI
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 2, 2023
“Dillian returned the signed agreement on Sunday morning ET and that he is unaware of any other party being in the frame for the fight. He is looking forward to fighting Anthony Joshua for a second time on August 12 at The O2,” Whyte’s representative
And yet, according to ESPN, the contract did not include the terms of the pay-per-view. Provided that gets over the line, then the fight is expected to go ahead.
If the fight does go ahead, Whyte will have to perform a lot better than their 2015 bout. Joshua came out victorious with a seventh-round knockout.
Victory for Joshua is vital since Eddie Hearn confirmed that talks with ‘Skills Challenge’ over the Wilder fight were positive.
“We had meetings with Saudi on Thursday and we’re in a great place with them. We virtually have a deal agreed in principle, subject to a few final discussions on stuff,” Hearn