Dillian Whyte reveals NO offer has been made for Anthony Joshua fight

Dillian Whyte reveals NO offer has been made for summer rematch with Anthony Joshua as Eddie Hearn couldn’t promise he’d be one of AJ’s three fights in 2023… instead, he’s been offered to complete a trilogy with Dereck Chisora

Eddie Hearn has suggested Dillian Whyte could face Anthony Joshua in the summer in between a bout with a top 15 heavyweight and facing the winner of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, but the Body Snatcher says Hearn is all talk right now..

Eddie Hearn called Whyte the ‘frontrunner’ to fight Joshua next back in October, but no concrete offer has been made to date.

And after handing Joshua his first ever defeat in the amateurs and losing to him for the vacant British heavyweight title in 2015, Whyte wants a decider against the two-time former unified world heavyweight champion.

Dillian Whyte (pictured) is looking for his next bout – and wants it to be against Anthony Joshua

 ‘AJ’s doing what he wants to do. Listen, if he really wants to fight me it’s not very hard to make,’ Whyte told Sportsmail. ‘It’s 1-1 and I’ve been chasing that fight for the last seven years. I don’t understand why we can’t get the fight on.’

‘Obviously it’s a big fight for Britain and for DAZN, DAZN need big fights and big content. I don’t know why they’re not pushing for it.

‘Eddie has talked a lot about the fight, but they couldn’t commit to actually making it. Waste of time talking about it! We’ve had no offer for that fight or serious talks. It’s very frustrating.’

Whyte said he was slated to do a three-fight deal with DAZN including Franklin (his last opponent), Joshua and another fighter, but the streaming company wasn’t willing to commit to that deal.

Joshua (pictured) looked set for a rematch with Whyte in 2019 but the fight never materalised

Eddie Hearn (right) has yet to give a concrete offer to Whyte for a rematch with Joshua

 Additionally, Whyte was tipped for a Joshua rematch in 2019, though he slammed the offer for the bout as a ‘lowball’ at the time and said it was less than what he received to fight Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora, with the ‘offer’ only being increased after discussions had formally ended. 

Whyte added: ‘Like I said, I’ve spent more time negotiating the price of a set of tyres than they spent negotiating with me to fight AJ in 2019 and we knew that they had already committed to AJ’s US debut at MSG on 1 June.’

It was believed that if Whyte beat Franklin, it would be a lock that he’d face Joshua in the summer. Now, Joshua is actually going to fight Franklin in April.

‘I win and then there’s no conversation about the AJ fight or nothing,’ Whyte said. ‘So obviously I’m not gonna sit around and wait and be used as a scapegoat like they did to me a couple years ago. 

‘We are just looking to see what’s next and who’s next. I’ve had enough of waiting around. I waited years and years as No 1 contender to fight that coward, fraud Wilder who avoided me and apparently is still scared to fight me which is pathetic. 

‘That is the problem with boxing. Everyone should have to fight each other like in UFC.’

Whyte speculated that Joshua’s current form was a factor in the pair not fighting. Joshua has lost his last two bouts vs Oleksandr Usyk and by Whyte’s telling, he could be looking to get back on track with a win.

Dillian Whyte (left) and Jermaine Franklin are seen fighting in November at OVO Arena

That wouldn’t be straightforward against the 29-3 Whyte. His last fight came on November 26 against Franklin as the former won by majority decision, but the details of his next bout are unclear as he looks to climb back up the rankings.

He told Sportsmail that he’s looking to fight three times in 2023, with mid-to-late March targeted for the first one. Whyte has also left the door open to complete a trilogy with Chisora and that is a fight Hearn has pitched.

Regardless of who Whyte fights next, he’s not shirking from facing a potentially dangerous opponent.

‘I wanna fight someone’s that’s gonna challenge me,’ he said. ‘Someone I can beat and that sets up even bigger fights.’




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