Eddie Hearn keen to add Dillian Whyte to O2 bill
Dillian Whyte could make his comeback on the Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale undercard, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed.
Whyte has been absent from the ring since damaging a shoulder in the seventh-round stoppage defeat to Joshua last December, but the British rivals could appear on the same bill this summer.
Joshua will make the first defence of his IBF heavyweight title against Breazeale at The O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Hearn is looking to add Whyte to the mix.
Whyte is back in the gym following shoulder surgery
“There is a good possibility of that,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “He was seeing the doctor at the end of last week to get the all-clear for that date. If we could work things out, I would love to have him on.
“I think he’s a great asset for the heavyweight division in this country. You talk about Anthony Joshua fights – there is a rematch that could really happen.
You talk about Anthony Joshua fights – there is a rematch that could really happen.
“He wants to come back and get some solid wins, and Joshua enjoyed that fight and I think the British public did as well. So don’t rule that one out for the future rematch.”
Hearn is confident a Joshua victory next month could pave the way for a unification battle with Tyson Fury, providing the WBA ‘Super’ and WBO champion repeats his victory over Wladimir Klitschko and does not carry out his threat to quit boxing.
“One hundred per cent our target is Tyson Fury,” said Hearn. “He’s got to win in the summer, we’ve got to win on June 25 and then we can start talking.
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“I’ve already spoken to Peter Fury last week. He’s told me 100 per cent, we want that fight. We’ve even talked about the structure of the deal already. We’ve just got to keep winning.
“Tyson Fury wants the big fights, he wants the big pay days. We want those belts, so I think British fight fans will see Fury-Joshua. If it’s not November, then 100 per cent next spring or summer.”
Tyson Fury (right) has threatened to retire after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko