Voting for Anthony Joshua’s next opponent is approaching a mammoth HALF A MILLION votes as the ballot continues.
Joshua asked fans to decide his next opponent and has set a polling deadline of Tuesday.
Three fighters made the shortlist for April 13 at Wembley Stadium. WBC champion Deontay Wilder is joined by UK rivals Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.
Wilder is currently leading with just under 250,000 votes, whilst Fury is second on 200,000. It’s bad news for Whyte though as less than 25,000 followers gave him the thumbs up.
It’s obvious the Whyte rematch is well behind Wilder and Fury in the interest stakes, but the contest remains the favourite to be made for the spring.
As things currently stand, Hearn wants Joshua’s next fight done by November. And with Wilder v Fury in December that basically rules out the winner.
Agreeing to fight Joshua before such a high-profile clash is unheard of. It does give Hearn the opportunity to give Whyte the rematch he’s promised.
Explaining his decision not to wait a few more weeks, Hearn told The Daily Mail: “We cannot wait until the Wilder-Fury fight to make our decision on AJ’s career.
“I would like to know where we are with Wilder’s team in the next five or six weeks. We cannot really go longer than that.
“Dillian Whyte is an option. Right now I would say it is even money between it being Whyte or Wilder but we do want Wilder. I think there is a good chance we will make a deal.”
Shelly Finkel, the co-manager of Wilder, has already told WBN he’s willing to meet Eddie’s father Barry Hearn in October but nothing can be signed until after Fury.
If initial negotiations go well, Finkel could potentially accept improved terms on the basis Wilder beats Fury, whilst Hearn could then keep Whyte as a back-up.