Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted the Whyte fight is not a priority but needs an opponent for AJ on April 13 after talks with Wilder’s camp broke down
Anthony Joshua is likely to fight Dillian Whyte for the second time if a deal with Deontay Wilder cannot be arranged in the coming weeks.
The heavyweight champ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has reserved Wembley Stadium on April 13 with a view to making a potential Joshua v Wilder fight happen.
However, talks between the two parties broke down in the summer and Wilder’s camp have reportedly not responded to subsequent contact from Hearn.
The Bronze Bomber’s representatives appear to be more focused on finalising a bout with Tyson Fury in December.
Hearn has now warned the Wilder team that they will need to resurrect negotiations in the near future if the American has any intention of following his proposed bout against Fury with a more lucrative match-up with Joshua, who fights Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday, a fight you can listen to live on talkSPORT.
If talks do not revive, then Joshua will face a rematch against Whyte.
Although Whyte beat the WBA, IBF and WBO champion at amateur level, Joshua won by seventh-round knockout in an entertaining clash in December 2015.
Whyte has enhanced his reputation on the world stage with a stunning points victory over Joseph Parker in July.
On the prospect of a Joshua/Whyte rematch, Hearn said: “You have to think we will do over 80,000 fans for Joshua-Povetkin and Whyte is a much bigger fight than Povetkin in Britain. On the world scene, Povetkin is well known and credible, but Whyte, with the history of the first fight, the build-up, it’s a huge fight.
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Dillian Whyte backs rival Anthony Joshua to ‘destroy’ Alexander Povetkin
“The Whyte fight is not a priority. We don’t want Whyte next, we want Wilder next. The only fight Joshua wants next is Wilder. But if it comes to a stage where they won’t even reply to us, how can you try to make the fight? If they don’t want the terms we discussed, ok, tell us the new ones. If they want 50-50, at least tell me so we can discuss terms. It’s very strange.
“I think they think the Fury fight will happen. Maybe it will. But if they are going December 1, we will definitely want to know our next opponent before December 1.”
It is understood within boxing Fury could announce the Wilder fight this week to take the attention away from Joshua.
And Hearn is convinced Fury will jeopardise his chances of a major payday with Joshua if the Gypsy King goes ahead with the Wilder fight.
Hearn added: “It appears that he is cashing out. I don’t know if you had ambitions to try and be the king of the division that you would take a fight against Wilder where everyone knows you’re not ready. He’s smart enough to know he’s not match fit for Deontay Wilder.
“If Fury gets beat, he’s done. If Fury gets knocked out in that fight, the AJ fight will never happen.”