- Anthony Joshua’s Preferred Opponent For Aug 12 Is Domestic Rival Dillian Whyte
- Anthony Joshua’s Team Have Offered Whyte Slightly Over Half Of The Purse He Received To Face Tyson Fury
- Dillian Whyte Wants Almost Double The Number He Got In His Historic Wembley Stadium Clash Last Year
NoSmokeSport.com has learnt that Matchroom Boxing, on behalf of former unified Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, offered former title challenger Dillian Whyte around £3,000,000 to face Joshua on August 12 in London live on DAZN Pay-per-view.
Whyte earnt a career high payday of £5,500,000 to face WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury last April on a historic night at Wembley Stadium in front of 94,000 fans.
The Brixton-based contender is requesting a purse of around £10,000,000 to face long-time rival Joshua in August, a number that is almost double his purse for Fury.
The £7,000,000 gap is understood to be too much to close and the fight is very unlikely as it stands for August 12.
Anthony Joshua May Still Fight On Aug 12 But It Almost Certainly Won’t Be Whyte
Plans for Anthony Joshua haven’t been decided yet. It is likely that he remains fighting in the middle of August against a world-ranked Heavyweight but it may also be the case that Joshua’s fight is pushed backed or scrapped altogether.
The pair first met in an amateur bout in 2009 where Whyte dropped and decisioned the man who went on to win Olympic Gold in London three years later. In 2015, they fought again at London’s O2 Arena and this time Joshua inflicted revenge with a 7th-round KO of the year contender.
Talks began for a rematch in 2018 with AJ entering the ring after Whyte’s 11th-round finish of Derek Chisora. However, Whyte didn’t feel the package offered was sufficient and neither was the time so Joshua scrapped plans for an April Wembley fight in 2019.
AJ may scrap fight plans again due to an inability to secure a deal with Whyte as finding a number that both sides are happy with seems near-impossible as it stands.