The bad blood between the pair of UK heavyweights had spilled over on more than one occasion already in the build-up, culminating in the abandonment of a recent TV taping of ‘The Gloves are Off’ for Sky Sports.
Ahead of fight week in a fortnight’s time, Hearn is hoping to at least be able to have a head-to-head at the weigh-in if not the final press conference, for the massive world title pay-per-view show at Manchester Arena.
“The board have requested that we do not have any further face-offs between Dillian and Dereck for safety reasons,” Hearn explained to Sky Sports.
“I have spoken to them and I do feel it’s important to have one for the fans’ build-up and am working on ways to come up with the correct security measures that will satisfy the board.”
The situation evokes memories of when Chisora fought David Haye in a grudge match back in 2012 when a safety fence was drafted in just so the pair could go through formalities at the pre-fight press conference.
Haye eventually ended the argument with a fifth round stoppage at West Ham United’s old Upton Park Stadium.
The winner of Whyte v Chisora will have the Lonsdale Belt in their possession and be in line to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder in 2017.