As reported here in June, the WBA grew impatient with the lack of progress on the Wilder/Joshua front. They elected to order Anthony Joshua to sign a bout agreement with Alexander Povetkin or risk losing the WBA strap.
The anticipated heavyweight unification was delayed as a result but Eddie Hearn is still eager to make it happen. Hearn sent Deontay Wilder a two fight contract. Any opponent of his choosing in September and a unification showdown with Joshua on April 13th.
This month, Matchroom Boxing announced that Joshua’s next two bouts would take place at Wembley Stadium. The first is the September 22nd defence against Povetkin. Eddie Hearn is of course hoping for the second date to be against Wilder.
However, in a recent interview with Sky Sports Hearn said that should the WBC champion refuse to sign, Dillian Whyte will get the next shot at Joshua.
“If Wilder does not sign to fight Joshua and Whyte wins, that’s the Wembley fight. But I have to stress, 100% focus is the Wilder fight after Povetkin”.
The boxing fandom are keen to see another instalment in the Whyte/Joshua saga. Dillian Whyte defeated Joshua in the amateurs but was knocked out when the two met again in the pro leagues. The second fight was an absolute thriller leaving many salivating for a third meeting, the fighters included.
Whyte has elevated himself to a point far above where he was when he fought Joshua. ‘The Bodysnatcher’ has been banging on the door of a world title. With a win over former champion, Joseph Parker, Dillian Whyte could find himself in a world title fight.
Source: Boxing News 24