Fans MAKE IT CLEAR to Eddie Hearn on Joshua v Whyte 2

World Boxing News 23/09/2018

Anthony Joshua opened a poll for his next opponent on Sunday and within minutes had almost 60,000 votes.

Joshua has given 24 hours for the fans to decide who faces him on April 13 and it’s bad news for Dillian Whyte.

Just 4% of those voting picked Whyte as the preferred choice to be in the opposite corner at Wembley in the spring.

Whyte was knocked out badly by Joshua when the pair first met at the O2 Arena in December 2015. Promoter Eddie Hearn wants to give Whyte a second chance, although the fans don’t – judging by the ballot.

Deontay Wilder is the first choice, slightly ahead of Tyson Fury. The pair are set to battle each other on December 1.

Steady improvements by Whyte over the last four years, including a win over ex-world title holder Joseph Parker, hasn’t heightened the public’s desire to see a second fight with Joshua.

The general consensus being Joshua would KO Whyte once again.


After Joshua’s win over Alexander Povetkin, Hearn said the following:  “They (Deontay Wilder’s camp) agreed the deal, we signed a contract they didn’t.

“There are players and there are plonkers. Anthony Joshua is the one stepping up to fight these great fighters. He is a special talent, Alexander Povetkin is a world class fighter.

“If they don’t want to fight (Wilder), they don’t want to fight. Anthony Joshua is not an Instagram world champion he is a world champion.

“Let’s see if Wilder v Fury actually happens. They haven’t got a venue.

“Tonight was about making the first step out of the way. If it is not Deontay, Dillian Whyte will be next.

“Our sole focus is on AJ being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” he added.

Hearn may well have his work cut out selling a Whyte Pay-Per-View if Joshua doesn’t manage to seal a fight with Wilder or Fury next.