Hearn May Slot Whyte-Joshua For Wembley
Eddie Hearn insists that Anthony Joshua is not looking past Alexander Povetkin, but the promoter is already looking at Joshua’s next challenger at Wembley Stadium in April.
According to the Matchroom Boxing boss, Dillian Whyte is at the top of the list to face Joshua, if the unified champion successfully defends his WBA ‘super’ IBF, and WBO titles against Povetkin on September 22nd.
“As it goes right now, he’s [Whyte] the favourite, because Wilder won’t communicate with us, or his team,” Hearn said. “At the moment, that [Wilder] fight looks impossible, because how can we get it made, if they won’t reply?”
Whyte seems to be near a fight with Dereck Chisora later this year, but Hearn is looking at Dominic Breazeale or Jarrell Miller as potential opponents.
“Out of the three, it’s the fight the British public want,” said Hearn. “I think Chisora has earned the rematch, to be honest. He looked finished against [Agit] Kabayel and then he produced that performance against [Carlos] Takam from the gods. How can you deny him the opportunity of a rematch?
“What Dillian has got to decide is, if we sign that Joshua fight after the Povetkin fight for Dillian, what sort of fight does he want in between? Does he want a risk fight?
“He probably does, but I would be happy to take him to America, give him a run out over there before the April fight.”
While Hearn is looking at the bigger picture, Whyte is only focused on what’s next for him, whether it be Chisora or anyone else standing in his way.
“The AJ fight is a possibility, but at the minute it’s just a possibility,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “It’s not certain, there’s no ‘yeah it’s a definite’. My next fight is a definite date, so I focus on a definite date, and wait to see what comes of the AJ fight and if it comes off.”
“Any of those three are big fights, and they are all hard fights. Any one of them, I’ll be happy with.
Initial Report: Sky Sports