The latest interview from Eddie Hearn makes for interesting reading. If Dillian Whyte (22-1, 16KOs) and Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20KOs) are both successful in their fights against Lucas Browne (25-0, 22KOs) and Joseph Parker (24-0, 18KOs) respectively we could see a big summer time card in the States.
I can see the two Londoners traveling to the other side of the pond to take on Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39KOs) and Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18KOs) The UK’s number 1 and 2 vs American’s 1 & 2.
Could we see Wilder-Whyte and Joshua-Miller all on the same card in August with the winners fighting each other at the end of the year?
I am reading in-between the lines here and it’s all if’s and but’s at the moment but there is no doubt in my mind that it would make good business sense to get the top heavyweights all on the same card. I mean let’s face it boxing isn’t just a sport it’s a big business to.
The reason behind my theory comes from a statement made by Eddie Hearn in his latest interview.
When asked about AJ fighting Wilder the Matchroom promoter said, “I would like him [Whyte] to fight Wilder. I think that if we [Joshua] didn’t fight Wilder next and we had our August fight, then we could do Dillian against Wilder. Everybody wants to see AJ versus Wilder, it’s difficult, but I would like to see Dillian get a shot at the world title before he fights AJ.”
With Whyte currently the No.1 contender for the WBC strap and if he gets past Australian Lucas Browne then Wilder will almost have his hand forced.
It is no secret that American Jarrell Miller is being lined up as a potential opponent for the unified champion so he can showcase his skills on an American network. So why not get all four on the same card in the US and promote the event as a UK vs USA rivalry?
Of course the two Brits will need to get past undefeated heavy’s Parker and Browne. Both fighters must not be overlooked as they both have the ability to cause an upset.
Eddie Hearn has been in the business for far too long to know that nothing is a guarantee, especially when it comes to the heavyweight division.
When asked about the up and coming fight between Whyte-Browne Hearn said, “It’s a really big fight for the division and the winner – Wilder and AJ are looking at this fight and saying – the winner is a million per cent on my radar.”
“This for me is the most important fight, and the best fight outside of the championship fights. The winner is going to be No 1 in the WBC, because Dillian already is. He’s going to be top five in every governing body and you’re there.”
There is of course still the potential of Joshua-Whyte 2. The WBA, IBF and IBO title holder has always expressed his desire to fight Whyte again. After his victory he was quick to say that it’s only 1-1 after the Brixton fighter beat him in the amateurs.
“All AJ talks about is fighting Dillian Whyte again, because he seems to really want to do that.” said Hearn. “But of course Lucas Browne is a former world champion who is undefeated, so if he beats Dillian, all of a sudden he’s a major player.”
“I know that Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte again. I think if you asked him and said ‘Tell me one fight in the division you want?’ He could say Dillian Whyte, because he loved it, and he feels as though he wasn’t his best, because he lost his rag a little bit.”
Hearn continued, “But he’s improved so much and he loves having a tear-up, and he knows Dillian will give him a tear-up.”
“He loves the build-up. He wants people to go at him at the pressers, AJ. But they seem to lose their bark a little bit when they’re in front of him.”
A lot will depend on what happens in the next couple of weeks. Whoever wins out of Whyte and Browne will become he No.1 challenger for Deontay Wilders WBC title.
If Joshua beats Parker then contenders ‘Baby’ Miller or the winner of Alexander Povetkin (33-1,23KOs) and David Price (22-4, 18KOs) will be next. But if Parker wins then there will be a rematch in August.
Whatever happens I will be watching with keen interest along with the rest of the boxing faithful. I’m just pleased to see the heavyweight division back in top form!