Eddie Hearn States Joshua vs Whyte 2 Will Definitely Happen, Either Next Or The Summer In Big Stadium
Promoter Eddie Hearn told boxing reporters in the aftermath of Dillian Whyte‘s 12-round majority decision win over previously undefeated, world-ranked Jermaine Franklin that they would be looking to stage the trilogy fight (counting Whyte’s 2009 amateur win) between Whyte (29-3, 19 KOs) and superstar Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) in 2023.
Hearn stated that they had two options for Joshua vs Whyte 2, either making the British mega-fight next or allowing Joshua and Whyte to have separate bouts in March/April and then putting them in together in the summer.
Placing the fight in the summer would make it easier to go to an outdoor stadium with Hearn looking at the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium, England’s national stadium, for this fight. It would also allow Whyte to get another win under his belt after a consensus underwhelming showing against Franklin and give AJ the confidence booster fight many feel he needs.
DAZN will be no doubt pushing for Joshua Whyte 2 in 2023 as what the broadcaster has struggled to get in the UK in their 15-month venture is a major British Pay-per-view fight that elevates the platform to the interest of the casual fans. DAZN almost had that with Eubank Jr Benn until the unfortunate fight week postponement.
Some ‘hardcore’ fans and a significant % of the international audience are not particularly interested in Joshua Whyte 2. Still, there is no doubt that the clash would be a super fight domestically and have mass appeal with the casual audience.