Eddie Hearn has stated that Anthony Joshua‘s next fight could now be a rematch with rival Dillian Whyte in February.

Hearn made the statement on the DAZN Boxing Show, revealing that Joshua ‘sees no value’ in a tune-up fight and plans to dive straight back into the deep-end with long-time rival Whyte.

Joshua defeated Whyte inside seven rounds for the British heavyweight title in 2015 and a rematch has been brewing ever since. Whyte does however hold a win over Joshua in the amateurs.

Joshua knocked Whyte out seven years ago for the British title.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist Joshua initially looked set to return in December following his rematch defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August. A fight with Tyson Fury looked as though it may be on the cards before talks broke down three weeks ago.

Whyte meanwhile makes his own return on November 26th when he takes on undefeated American Jermaine Franklin.

The thirty-four-year-old suffered defeat to Fury inside six rounds in April in his first shot at a world title.

Providing ‘The Body Snatcher’ emerges unscathed next month, a long-awaited rematch with bitter foe Joshua could be on the cards for early 2023.

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