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Hearn on Whyte plan: US debut, Parker / Wilder then AJ rematch

WBN 09/06/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Dillian Whyte seems likely to brush off interest from Lucas Browne in order to pursue his American dream, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Londoner was forced to pull out of a scheduled bout with Mariusz Wach with injury recently and had been linked to a rematch with Dereck Chisora.

Missing out on Wach could turn into a blessing in disguise for Whyte, although British fans would be disappointed if the Chisora return fails to materialize.

Unless Chisora can be enticed into a Stateside bout though, it seems Hearn already has a fight lined up to introduce Whyte to the market across the Atlantic.

Should Whyte make an impression, former opponent Anthony Joshua could then become a serious possibility once US broadcasters Showtime are familiarized with the ex-British champion.

“We’re going to look to box Dillian in the States in the summer and then we want a world title fight in September or October, whether that’s [Joseph] Parker, whether that’s Deontay Wilder,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.

“He’s well ranked in those governing bodies. He’s a great opponent, but I don’t think they really want to fight him. I don’t think Dillian Whyte is the kind of guy you want to pick as a world champion.

“He’s a handful, he can punch, he’s got a great chin. He’s a handful even in the press conference, you might have to roll around with him at those as well.

“He’s a nightmare for people, Dillian Whyte, but for some reason Anthony Joshua wants to do it all again with him. That gives you a good indication – AJ wants real fights – he wants to entertain the public.”

Parker has ties with Hughie Fury, whilst Wilder is stipulated to fight Bermane Stiverne, facts which haven’t dissuaded Hearn from attempting to land either for Whyte.

“We are trying to get him a shot at a world title,” he said. “I believe he can beat Joseph Parker and I believe he can beat Deontay Wilder.

“If he can, that sets up a massive unification fight with Anthony Joshua,” added the Matchroom boss.