Dillian Whyte favourite to fight Anthony Joshua next as Eddie Hearn rules out Deontay Wilder

Dillian Whyte favourite to fight Anthony Joshua next as Eddie Hearn rules out Deontay Wilder

Dillian Whyte is the favourite to be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent, that is after promotor Eddie Hearn appeared to rule out a bout with Deontay Wilder.

The ‘Body Snatcher’ is now evens to fight the unified heavyweight world champion with Sky Bet, in what would be a rematch of their 2015 bout. It is well known that Wilder is the man Joshua really wants to fight with the American holding the WBC world title, the one that would complete the set for AJ. But according to Hearn, Wilder’s team are playing hard to get and haven’t responded to six of his emails so he has now “scrubbed him off the list” of potential opponents.

Hearn maintains that Joshua is willing to fight any of the big names, including another fellow Brit Tyson Fury. He even said that he couldn’t understand why Fury wouldn’t consider a 60-40 split to fight Joshua when that is what he has been offered for a rematch with Wilder.

But with Wilder and Fury likely to fight again, that leaves Whyte and American Jarrell Miller as the fighters who could step into the ring with Joshua. It is thought that a fight against Miller would take place at Madison Square Garden as opposed to Wembley, but with the stadium already booked for April 13th the Joshua camp would still like to get a fight on there.

Whyte therefore is the obvious choice, hence why bookmakers have him as favourite. He himself is desperate for the fight, he is the mandatory challenger and it should get plenty of interest in the United Kingdom given their history. Last time they fought it was Joshua who came out on top with a seventh round knockout, but it is fair to say that both fighters have significantly improved since then.

Indeed Joshua has gone on to win the IBF, WBA and WBO titles and now has a 22-0 record, whilst Whyte has rebuilt his career and picked up impressive wins over the likes of Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora and former WBO champion Joseph Parker and is now the mandatory challenger for two world belts.

Hearn says that he and the Joshua camp will make a final decision on their next move over the weekend.