Eddie Hearn, promoter of British fighter Dillian Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs), is still pressing to get his man a major fight with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs).
Hearn has submitted three solid offers over to Wilder, to bring the champion over to the UK to defend the belt against Whyte.
Hearn is hoping that his star fighter, IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), could face the winner in the next twelve months. Joshua is first going to return in the fall against either Wladimir Klitschko or Kubrat Pulev.
Wilder is dealing with a pressing matter, as back in February the WBC ordered him to make a mandatory defense against Bermane Stiverne.
Stiverne is refusing to back away from the mandatory shot, and currently he's standing firm on refusing to accept a step-aside deal. Because of Stiverne's refusal to bargain, Wilder's negotiations to face Luis Ortiz have been stalled for the moment.
Whyte will return on American soil on August 19th as part of the Terence Crawford-Julius Indongo card in Nebraska. His original opponent Michael Grant has fallen out.
Wilder's team does have interest in facing Whyte, according to Hearn, but the mandatory issue with Stiverne is still looming overhead.
"We have made three really good offers. Wilder's team have got some issues they need to solve with their mandatory challenger, but we’ve offered them a big, big deal and I think they are interested. It should be a great fight. No one really wants to fight Dillian Whyte because he is a right handful, he has got a great chin, he’s got a great work-rate, he’s strong and he can punch. To be honest, he’s a right pain in the arse in press conferences and you may end up having a roll around with him before you get into the ring, so he’s dangerous," Hearn told GQ.
"But if Wilder wants to build his name in the UK ahead of a potential unification fight with Joshua, this fight would be perfect. Of course, if Wilder loses, that’s the big fight with Joshua out the window, so it is risky… for both of them. The funny thing is that Anthony Joshua has four opponents he really wants to fight: the rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder… and Dillian Whyte. For some reason, AJ enjoyed his first fight with Whyte so much he wants to do it again. So if Whyte can win a heavyweight title, that fight would be massive in this country."