Dillian Whyte has emerged as the front-runner to be Anthony Joshua’s next opponent on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.
However, Whyte was left less than impressed by Joshua’s insulting first offer for the potential heavyweight bout, claiming he made more against Dereck Chisora back in December.
Whyte, whose only professional defeat was at the hands of Joshua, defeated rival Chisora in round 11 last month to put himself in prime position for the long-awaited rematch following AJ’s stalling negotiations with Deontay Wilder and the American’s inevitable rematch with Tyson Fury.
The fight looked increasingly likely after Joshua entered the ring following the Whyte-Chisora fight as the pair exchanged words.
Joshua, though, could quite easily find himself without a big-name opponent for the pre-booked Wembley Stadium date following Whyte’s strong comments regarding Joshua's fight offer.
Speaking with Jim White of talkSPORT, Whyte stated: “There’s been the first offer, but it is utterly ridiculous, its way less than what I made against Chisora basically.
“They’re not serious about the fight, I think they made the offer to cover themselves, but it’s a ridiculous offer, the offer comes with other options as well so they’re not serious about the fight.
“It’s silly; I’m a pay-per-view fighter, I’ve built myself up. It’s not like I’m a journeyman, I worked my way up to number one with two governing bodies.
“I don’t think he wants the fight, there are easier paydays out there for him and he knows I’ll bring problems to his mum’s house.
“It is a childish offer, if you want to fight, you make a proper offer, you know what I bring to the table. Me, Tyson Fury and Wilder, you can’t sell out Wembley with anyone else. It looks like Fury will fight Wilder [again] so he needs to stop messing about.”
There has also been rumours of former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko making a return to the ring to face Whyte, something that the Brit would be open to.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ claims that he would knock out his former training partner, who hasn’t fought since his own defeat to Joshua back in April 2017.
Joshua’s team will need to get a move on with negotiations if they do want to secure the fight with Whyte and ensure they have a big name fight on April 13.
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn had predicted a crowd in excess of 100,000 for the potential fight with either Wilder or Whyte, but it is looking increasingly unlikely with the stalling discussions.