Dillian Whyte could be in with a chance of taking on American WBC champion Deontay Wilder before the end of the year, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, the Metro report.
The Body Snatcher enjoyed a fine 2018, defeating Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora, putting him in contention for another title fight.
However, the majority of the boxing world are hopeful of seeing a unification clash between Wilder and another of Hearn’s clients, Anthony Joshua.
The pair almost agreed a deal to meet last summer, however, a breakdown in negotiations saw Joshua face Alexander Povetkin, while Wilder took on Tyson Fury.
And with the pair failing to agree to take on each other this summer, both Joshua and Wilder have now made plans.
The Brit will take on Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller in his first stateside bout, while Wilder will meet fellow American Dominic Breazeale.
Rumours have been circling regarding Joshua and Wilder finally meeting before the end of the year, with the American revealing he would agree to a fight if he was handed a 50/50 purse split.
However, promoter Hearn slammed Wilder’s claims, revealing he doesn’t deserve a 50/50 split.
He doesn’t deserve 50-50 in my opinion, then it’s up to AJ to say if you have to give it to him [so be it].
This is a guy who doesn’t sound to me like he really wants a fight.
Maybe he’s saying that because he knows he won’t get it, or he shouldn’t get it.
Let him fight Breazeale, concentrate on that fight against Breazeale, don’t get beat in that fight.
Hearn then added how Whyte could well be a potential option for Wilder after the clash against Breazeale.
And by the way, Dillian Whyte will probably be his mandatory anyway.
So he’s either going to have to fight AJ or Dillian Whyte, maybe no intervening bouts with Dillian, and so he’s got to fight Dillian next.
One thing looks certain, Wilder will surely face off against either Joshua, Whyte or Fury before the end of 2019.