That is according to Eddie Hearn. The CEO of Matchroom Boxing outlined Joshua’s aim is to fight Whyte in August in a rerun of their first encounter in 2015.
Should he come out victorious, then a bout with Wilder potentially awaits in December in Saudi Arabia. This is entirely understandable, as Whyte would pose a good test before facing Wilder.
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And given that Joshua has just had one fight under his new trainer, Derrick James, a Fury fight may have come too soon. Not only that, but previous talks with Fury have broken down.
“We’ll see what happens in Saudi this week. They want the Deontay Wilder fight.
“So that’s our plan, and we’re not going to deviate from that plan on the basis of some Instagram hope, but it’s also my job to go through the process to see how real that opportunity is and if August and particularly the Deontay Wilder fight doesn’t materialize, absolutely he’ll fight Tyson Fury next.
“Ideally, Dillian Whyte in August and Deontay Wilder in December. If there is an opportunity to do a Tyson Fury fight, and we have to scrap the other two, I’m sure that’ll be looked at as well. But it’s the confidence to move forward,” Hearn