A major headache has formed for Eddie Hearn in the last few weeks as Anthony Joshua continues to favor a US debut over a Wembley return.
Despite having the venue booked since July, Hearn faces the possibility of cancelling the show with National Stadium bosses.
Attempts to make Amir Khan v Kell Brook for the date have and venue were a non-starter. And there’s a real possibility Dillian Whyte will miss out on a Joshua return this spring.
Joshua took in the Madison Square Garden atmosphere for Canelo v Rocky Fielding on December 15 and is leaning towards re-sampling what he soaked in on the night.
The current unified heavyweight champion now has the option of facing Jarrell Miller at MSG or even Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
That void leaves Hearn with a Pay-Per-View name to find for April 13 and Wladimir Klitschko has amazingly emerged as a potential candidate.
Happily retired for almost two years and seemingly enjoying a world travel tour, Hearn may well attempt to drag the Ukrainian out of his boxing reclusion with a huge offer.
Whyte (📸 Lawrence Lustig), appearing on talkSPORT this Friday, said he was open to the fight despite a mixed reaction from fans and media alike.
“I’ll fight Wladimir Klitschko and knock him out if he comes back. I’ll definitely knock him out,” Whyte told talkSPORT.
“I know exactly what to do. I’ve trained alongside him and I sparred him for years. I know what he’s like, I’d knock him out.
“He’s a great fighter. He gave Anthony Joshua hell, but I just believe it’s my time now and I know what to do. I know how I need to fight him.
“Of course he can (possibly knock me out) he’s very experienced.
“I just believe I will take it into his kitchen and rip the sink out. He doesn’t like body punches as well, I know that from sparring with him.”
Klitschko has lost his last two bouts against Tyson Fury and Joshua respectively.
There are plenty in the sport who wouldn’t want to see the aging legend take another ‘L’ when completely unnecessary.
Should Wlad come back at all, many see a Joshua or Fury rematch as the only viable option.
Other than that, Klitschko should keep the gloves firmly hung up.