There's a growing feeling that Dillian Whyte is marching towards his destiny after he came out the other side of a thriller against Joseph Parker.
The 30-year-old survived a scare in the last round to triumph on points and catapult himself into contention for a title shot.
Parker conceded that the better man won. Just a matter of months ago, he still boasted an unbeaten record but two consecutive defeats later, things are not looking nearly as promising for the New Zealander.
Despite there not being a belt in sight on the night, the two heavyweights served up a pulsating bout, with both dropping to the canvas.
While Whyte is far from a flawless fighter, he now believes he has earned the chance to face Anthony Joshua in the not-too-distant future.
The only question is when the three-belt champion will be ready, as first he must beat the WBA's mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September.
In the mean time, it appears Eddie Hearn may have come up with the perfect solution - a fight between Whyte and Deontay Wilder to determine who gets the right to challenge AJ.
The Mirror report such a fight would take place in November in New York, the winner then taking on Joshua in April.
Hearn is making plans
“I’d probably go up to $7m or $8m for Deontay Wilder to fight Dillian Whyte now," Hearn said.
"I’ll be making Wilder an offer this week for Dillian Whyte. AJ can fight anyone, but Whyte is a big fight for AJ.
“It’s massive. I would like Dillian Whyte to fight Wilder, who hasn’t got an opponent for November. We could do it in America. Wilder seems to be worried about coming to the UK, so we will do it in Brooklyn. It will make fortunes for the pair of them.
“Wilder is a huge puncher so he will think it’s an easy fight and he gets $7m or $8m for it.”
Immediately after his unanimous decision against Parker, Whyte rubbished the prospect of a rematch with old foe Dereck Chisora, who was in and around the ring.
So often coming up short when it really matters, Chisora banished his demons with an eighth-round knockout of Carlos Takam on the undercard.
Yet, in Whyte's words, "the donkey is always there, always hoping for a ride", but he now has "bigger fish to fry" - possibly starting with Wilder before the end of the year.
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