Dillian Whyte will aim to land a shot at Deontay Wilder’s WBC title this year but has a pair of back-up fighters should the American prove elusive.
Eddie Hearn is working on a huge offer for Whyte to travel to the United States to challenge for Wilder’s green belt, although the Matchroom boss will turn to two of his own competitors should attempts prove unfruitful.
A rematch with Dereck Chisora or a battle against outspoken New Yorker Jarrell Miller would be the targets for Hearn, with Whyte then willing to see how talks pan out between Anthony Joshua and Wilder for April.
“Of course the British public want Joshua against Deontay Wilder but if that doesn’t happen then there is only one other fight they want: Whyte,” said Hearn.
“That won’t be until April though so Whyte has to fight in the meantime.
“Whyte is a big fight for AJ. It’s massive but I would like Dillian Whyte to fight Wilder.
“Dillian will fight in November or December. Dereck Chisora is a big fight. Everything is held up. If Wilder doesn’t want to fight Dillian then we have to look at Chisora or Jarrell Miller,” he added.
If Joshua v Wilder falls apart for a second time, Whyte would be the number one replacement should he come through another big outing by the end of the year.
With a date of April 13 at Wembley Stadium already locked down, Whyte would be seen as a decent challenger for Joshua despite being soundly beaten the first time the pair met in 2015,
‘The Lone Wolf’ has improved his fitness, experience and stock considerably since that time and a massive all-UK Pay-Per-View grudge match would be pushed forward to ease any disappointment felt by the fans over the failure to land Joshua v Wilder.