By Chris McKenna , courtesy of The Daily Star
DEONTAY WILDER will be offered in excess of £6m [$7.6 million] to face Dillian Whyte in November.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn will table the bid to the WBC champion after his man’s explosive points win over Joseph Parker on Saturday.
Hearn has been in talks with Wilder’s camp for a number of months over a deal for a clash with WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO king Anthony Joshua.
But, with Joshua facing Alexander Povetkin in September, he will now offer the American a lucrative clash with Whyte at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.
The winner would then face Joshua on April 13 at Wembley.
Hearn said: “I’d probably go up to $7m or $8m for Deontay Wilder to fight Dillian Whyte now.
“I’ll be making Wilder an offer this week for Dillian Whyte”
“AJ can fight anyone but Whyte is a big fight for AJ. It’s massive. I would like Dillian Whyte to fight Wilder. Wilder hasn’t got an opponent for November.
“We could do it in America, we could do it in Brooklyn. Wilder seems to be worried about coming to the UK so we will do it in Brooklyn.
“It will make fortunes for the pair of them. Wilder is a huge puncher so he will think it’s an easy fight and he gets $7m or $8m for it.”
Whyte could also have a rematch of his 2016 epic with Dereck Chisora before he goes in search of revenge against Joshua if Wilder turns down Hearn’s offer.
Chisora pulled off a stunning eighth-round knockout win from the brink against Carlos Takam on a stunning night of big blows at the O2.
New Zealander Parker was back in the UK just four months after losing his WBO belt to Joshua with a rematch also on his mind.
The Kiwi puncher started brightly but a head clash in the second sent him to the canvas for the first time in his career and referee Ian John Lewis wrongly awarded it as a knockdown.
That gave Whyte a way into the heavyweight duel and there was no doubt about the ninth-round knockdown after the Brit caught him with a cracking left hook.
Parker responded in the last two rounds and with just seconds remaining he put Whyte down with a rocket of a right hand but somehow the Brixton brawler beat the count and clung on.
Whyte is ready to face Wilder before the year ends but will gladly go again with Chisora as he eyes a rematch of his 2015 defeat by Joshua in April.
He said: “I would like to fight Joshua again if he wants it. I’ve still got a lot to learn so I would like to get one more (fight) in before him.”