According to Eddie Hearn, DILLIAN WHYTE has officially been offered a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
The Body Snatcher is set to be the second opponent in Joshua’s career rebuild, which began with a blood-soaked win over Jermaine Franklin in April.
But former two-time heavyweight champion Joshua denied being in talks of fighting his old rival againLast weekend’s showdown saw Hearn make a lucrative offer to the former WBC title challenger.
“We’re waiting for his response to that and we’ll talk about it today.”
Hearn has tentatively reserved the O2 Arena for August 12 for Joshua’s planned second performance of the year.
And he’s hoping that will lead to a clash with former WBC heavyweight king Deontay Wilder in December.
He said, “Our plan, which we have emphasized, is that AJ will box Deontay again on August 12 and December.”
Joshua and Whyte, 33 and 35 respectively, first clashed in 2009 in the amateurs.
Whyte emerged victorious from their first meeting, although he was knocked out unconscious at the pro meeting six years later.
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The Brixton slugger has been flattened in two of his last four appearances but Hearn insists the fight is still a massive one.
He said: “Dillian is of great value in the rematch.”
“This is not an opponent for Joshua, this is a great fight between two world-class heavyweights and big British names.”
“Negotiations will be difficult but both AJ and Whyte want the fight.”
In a separate interview with iFL TVHearn said: “It’s a big fight. Dillian is a big name in the department.
“I think these guys are away from the massive fights.
“If Dillian isn’t fighting AJ, we have to find another fight for him and then it’s going to be difficult unless there’s Andy Ruiz or Zhang or fights like that.”
“I think these world-class heavyweights that are just outside of these elite money fights are in a tough spot.
“Hopefully we can negotiate a deal for Dillian that he’s comfortable with, that he wants to fight with and that he desires the opportunity to do.
“But of course he will also make his demands.