Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that Anthony Joshua will rematch Dillian Whyte next April, if the Deontay Wilder fight cannot be made.
Following his dramatic win over Joseph Parker last night, live on talkSPORT, Whyte has catapulted himself into contention for a world title shot.
And now Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Whyte and Joshua, has stated that the Brixton man could get what he’s looking for next April.
“Everybody seems to want the Joshua-Wilder fight, including us,” declared Hearn.
“Joshua has I think the toughest fight of his career on September 22 against Povetkin at Wembley Stadium, but after that we have April planned back at Wembley and the guy we want is Deontay Wilder.
“But he’s very reluctant to agree a deal or sign a contract and, if he doesn’t, Dillian Whyte will be straight in there.”
Whyte beat Parker in a back-and-forth battle which saw both men knocked down, and the 30-year-old clinging on for life at the final bell.
In the past two years, he has also beaten fellow heavyweight contenders Lucas Browne, Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora and so is now on the verge of the world stage.
Hearn continued: “He has earned the right to fight Anthony Joshua, he’s just beaten Joseph Parker who Joshua beat. He had him down, Joshua didn’t have him down.
“They also have a brilliant rivalry that stems back many years.
“Dillian Whyte beat Joshua in the amateurs, Joshua beat Whyte in the pros at the O2 in an epic fight.
“Of course, our aim with Anthony is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but if Wilder won’t fight him, then Dillian Whyte has absolutely earned the shot to jump in in April.”
Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin will be LIVE on talkSPORT, September 22.