Promoter Eddie Hearn has told Boxing Social that Anthony Joshua will not rematch Dillian Whyte in August as previously planned.
Reports began to circle last week suggesting Whyte was demanding too high a figure for the fight, though Hearn did deny rumours the 35 year old had asked for £10 million.
“We made him [Whyte] an offer for which they made it clear was nowhere near their expectations and quite honestly there were very little negotiations after that.
“He never asked for £10 million, not sure where that came from but that’s not the case.”
Joshua defeated Whyte via seventh-round knockout in 2015 to claim the British heavyweight title.
The pair have engaged in various verbal exchanges since with momentum seemingly building towards a second fight.
The search has now begun to find another opponent for Joshua who is still set to fight on August 12th at a venue in London.
Hearn admitted that, with plans in place to see Joshua face former champion Deontay Wilder in December, they are hesitant for him to face an opponent which may put that fight in jeopardy.
“He needs a fight against someone who is going to allow him to work on, under the lights, everything he’s been working on with Derrick James.
“There’s no point fighting against someone he’s gonna take out in a round, and it’s difficult to fight an elite guy when you’re fighting Deontay Wilder four months later. We’re in a difficult position.”
Former two-time heavyweight champion Joshua returned to winning ways with a unanimous decision victory over Jermaine Franklin in April after consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk in 2020 and 2021.
The losses to Usyk saw the Brit surrender his unified heavyweight titles in the process as the journey begins to becoming a three-time heavyweight champion.
Whyte meanwhile also beat Franklin on points in November last year, seven months on from his sixth-round stoppage loss to Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium.
Watch Hearn’s full interview with Boxing Social here.
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