Eddie Hearn has said Dillian Whyte is next in line to fight Anthony Joshua at Wembley if Deontay Wilder does not abandon plans to face Tyson Fury again.
In a thrilling rematch at the O2, Whyte won his third fight of the year and second by knockout, when he dropped Dereck Chisora in round 11 on Saturday night.
Joshua does not have an opponent for his next fight in April and there has even been talk of him going to fight Jarrell Miller in New York.
In his post match interview, Whyte issued a heated challenge to Joshua, pointing at him and saying: “I want that lanky piece of s*** right there,” leading to the heavyweight champion to respond on the ring apron.
Grabbing a microphone, Joshua told Whyte: “If Deontay Wilder is serious and he is going to fight Tyson Fury and doesn’t want to become undisputed champion, Dillian you will get a shot.
“Everyone knows I need to fight Deontay Wilder, I’m ready.
“I’m proud of what Dillian has done. If it’s not Wilder, it’s Whyte over Miller.”
Joshua’s comments led to booing directed at him from the crowd.
The response infuriated the ‘The Body Snatcher’ and he stormed out of the ring and back to his dressing room.
Matchroom boss Hearn explained what his plans are for 2019 and whether Whyte can get his revenge having lost to Joshua in 2015.
“It’s a matter of when, not if, because I think Dillian Whyte is going to become the WBO mandatory,” Hearn said.
“Chisora and Whyte did themselves proud. It goes down as another classic.
“If Deontay Wilder doesn’t want to fight Anthony, then I think it should be Dillian Whyte.”
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