A rematch between heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte is close to being agreed, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.

Speaking as a guest on ‘Max On Boxing’, Coppinger confirmed the fight was edging closer.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has recently confirmed that August 12th is the target date for Joshua’s next outing.

The former two-time heavyweight champion cast doubt over whether he would indeed face his rival next, declaring he knew ‘nothing’ about talks of a rematch with the 35 year old.

Hearn however confirmed an offer had been sent to Whyte earlier this week

The pair have a long history having fought in both the amateur and professional code.

The pair bump fists after Whyte’s comeback victory against Jermaine Franklin at the end of last year. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Whyte won the initial encounter in the vested code before Joshua evened the score with a seventh-round knockout at London’s O2 Arena in 2015, claiming the British heavyweight title in the process.

Both men overcame American Jermaine Franklin in their most recent outings.

First, Whyte edged a closely-fought majority decision in November seven months after his sixth-round defeat to WBC champion Tyson Fury.

Though he wasn’t awarded the decision at the Wembley Arena, Franklin’s performance was rewarded with a fight against Joshua at the O2 in April this year.

In his first fight back since consecutive defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua laboured to a wide but somewhat tentative unanimous decision win in the capital.

Both men have long spoken of their desire to meet again in the pros as the journey towards world honours begins again.

Joshua comfortably outpointed Franklin in April but received criticism for failing to force a stoppage. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Featured images: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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