Dillian Whyte is said to be the “favourite” to face Anthony Joshua at Wembley for the scheduled date in April, with rival Dereck Chisora on a three-man shortlist for the British heavyweight’s next fight before Christmas.
Joshua is just over two weeks away from defending his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO titles against Russian Heavyweight Alexander Povetkin at the national stadium on September 22, while Whyte could finally get his shot at a world title against the unified champion next year after securing a dramatic win over Joseph Parker back in July.
Promoter Eddie Hearn insists Joshua is not looking past his mandatory challenger, but a mega rematch with Whyte could be on the horizon as a first world title defence of 2019 after WBC champion Deontay Wilder has switched his attention to a fight with Tyson Fury.
Hearn has been quoted as saying “As it goes right now, he’s [Whyte] the favourite, because Wilder won’t communicate with us, or his team,”
“At the moment, that [Wilder] fight looks impossible, because how can we get it made, if they won’t reply?”
Whyte is expected to be back in the ring before the year is out, with a rematch against Chisora remains high on the agenda, although Hearn is also looking at Dominic Breazeale and Jarrell Miller as other potential candidates to take on the “Body Snatcher”.
Hearn went onto say “Out of the three, it’s the fight the British public want,”
“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.”
The 30-year-old from Brixton is adamant he is only focusing on his next scheduled fight, despite talk of another showdown with Joshua, and would happily take on the likes of Chisora, Breazeale or Miller.
Whyte speaking on matters said “The AJ fight is a possibility, but at the minute it’s just a possibility,”
“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.
“Me and him [Chisora] went to the war. Yeah, I can understand [public demand], but everyone has to remember this is a business. We’re going to wait and see whether or not it’s feasible for me and for him, because sometimes money and finance get in the way.
“I would love to fight him and knock him out. We’ll see.”
Asked about Breazeale, Whyte added: “If he isn’t fighting Wilder, or AJ, I’m the next money man down, so of course he’s keen.
“When I wanted to fight him last year, he wasn’t keen, was he? Now things have changed. I’ve become one of the bigger draws in the heavyweight division, so everyone wants to fight now.”
Watch Anthony Joshua defend his world heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium, on September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
By Kenny Leavett