A few days ago, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) made it loud and clear that he was willing to fight Dillian Whyte - if promoter Eddie Hearn can guarantee, in a binding contract, that IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua would be the very next opponent.
Joshua returned on Saturday night, when he retained his belts with a tenth round stoppage over late replacement Carlos Takam at Principality in Cardiff.
Whyte saw action on the undercard, winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Helenius.
Wilder has a mandatory defense scheduled against Bermane Stiverne on November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Hearn has been pushing for a February showdown between Wilder and Whyte at the O2 Arena in London. Hearn has made an offer to Wilder of $3 million plus the American TV revenue.
Wilder would be open to doing the fight - if Hearn guarantees Joshua is next.
"If they want to see that fight, I have no problems fighting that fight, as long as that contract says I have Anthony Joshua next. I will go anywhere in the world to show Dillian Whyte who is the best in the world. Put Anthony Joshua on that contract and I will come to England. Dillian Whyte is an easy fight, I can fight that fight in my sleep, one hand behind my back," Wilder told Sky Sports.
"I am the heavyweight champion of the world, I want to unify the heavyweight division and I won't stop until I do that. If Eddie Hearn wants me to fight Dillian Whyte, I have no problem smashing Dillian Whyte but make sure, when you have that contract, you add Anthony Joshua, because I am going to come and knock down that kingdom that I helped build up."
But Hearn is not looking to go in that direction.
He feels strongly that by Wilder coming over to the UK to face Whyte - it will only make the Joshua fight bigger. And he says a victory would give Wilder a revenue boost in the Joshua bout.
However, Hearn is not going to make a contractual clause for Wilder that guarantees him a fight with Joshua.
"No, it doesn’t work that way," said Hearn to Metro when asked if Wilder would get a guarantee to fight Joshua.