Eddie Hearn, promoter for heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte, is still very interested in staging his boxer's next fight in the United States.
Last month in Gibraltar, Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) stopped Alexander Povetkin in the fourth round of their highly-anticipated rematch. The victory avenged a brutal knockout loss that Whyte suffered back in August of 2020.
One of the names that Hearn would love to see Whyte face is former WBC world champion Deontay Wilder - which is unlikely to happen next.
“I wanna take Dillian Whyte to America for his next fight this summer. Give him some profile over there. Yes [to headline a show], it’s the only way. Go over, MSG, wherever it is, go and make a name over there and then I’d love to make the Wilder fight later in the year," Hearn told IFL TV.
The more realistic option, being eyed by Hearn, is the winner of the upcoming heavyweight scrap between unbeatens Jermaine Franklin (20-0, 13 KOs) and Stephan Shaw (14-0, 10 KOs) - which takes place on April 22 in the main event of an NBC Sports card.
Or WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (21-0, 13 KOs), who knocked out Bermane Stiverne to capture the belt.
"There’s a good fight coming up with Jermaine Franklin and Stephan Shaw. The winner of that’s a good fight. Trevor Bryan is another option for the WBA ‘regular’. There’s plenty of options, I’d like it to be an American," Hearn said.
Whyte himself has expressed interest in facing Bryan for the WBA belt.
"If the unification fight happens [between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury], Trevor Bryan is a good fight for me," Hearn said to IFL TV. "He just won the WBA regular title, so let’s dust that one off for July."