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Barry Hearn identifies Dillian Whyte as Joshua's most dangerous opponent

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Preparations are ongoing for the much-anticipated return of Anthony Joshua on April 13th.

The 29-year old is set to defend his three heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium, but is currently without an opponent for the fight.

The Brit last fought in September last year, when he defeated Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds, despite being widely criticised for not picking a more high-profile competitor.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury had both been foregrounded as possible opponents in recent months, with the pair considered the greatest threat to Joshua's unified World Champion status.

And Joshua confirmed his intent to face one of the two, when climbing into the ring after Whyte-Chisora, to answer a call-out from The Body Snatcher.

Fury and Wilder appear to be set on a rematch, however, after an epic clash in Los Angeles back in December, where both fighters lost their 100% record, and the Gypsy King confirmed his return to the sport's elite.

Despite this, Barry Hearn, who is part of Joshua's promotional team, says that his client is ready to fight anybody come April, claiming that AJ holds an advantage over both rivals.

"I’d be very happy to fight Tyson Fury on April 13th as well. And the reason being... Tyson Fury can box but he can’t punch, Deontay Wilder can punch but he can’t box, AJ can punch and he can box,'' Hearn told The Brian Moore podcast, per Boxing Scene.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Wilder is seen as the top target for Joshua's team, but Hearn has cast doubts over the possibility of meeting, claiming that talks have failed to ignite. 

In light of this, there will also be concern over negotiating a deal with Fury, who is signed to rival promoter Frank Warren and BT Sport, while Joshua and Matchroom Sport are associated with Sky.

If a fight with Wilder or Fury can't be arranged, Dillian Whyte or American Jarrell Miller look like probable second choices.

Miller is lesser known but is pursuing the route to a mandatory WBA world title fight, and the commercial value of a bout at Madison Square Gardens may prove to be an attractive opportunity to launch Joshua' career in the USA.

Dillian Whyte looks likely to become the WBO mandatory challenger and feels he is long overdue a rematch with Joshua, having lost out to the Olympic gold medalist in 2015.

And when ranking the quality of the heavyweights in contention to be AJ's next opponent, Hearn actually thinks Whyte is the most formidable.

Joshua and The Prizefighters

H added: "If I was ranking them in danger, I would say that Deontay Wilder is the easiest fight, I think Jarrell Miller is an unknown fight because we don’t know how good he is, he’s a big lump.

"I think Tyson Fury is a tricky fight but when you hit him he does tend to fall over although to his credit he gets up again which is remarkable and I’ve got the greatest respect for him for what’s he’s done, pulled himself together from the brink, brilliant story, and the most dangerous is Dillian Whyte."

While Wilder and Fury remain priorities, Joshua looks increasingly likely now to face Whyte, who appears to be the only one of the four fighters that is lining up Joshua as his next opponent.

Although AJ will hope that a clash with the Body Snatcher will take centre-stage, a second meeting of Fury and Wilder is dominating the heavyweight division at the moment.

Topics:
Heavyweight
Jarrell Miller
Dillian Whyte
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury
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