The hunt for Anthony Joshua's next opponent has been long and frustrating but we appear to be another step closer to confirmation he will be fighting Jarrell Miller in New York.
That's after Dillian Whyte ruled himself out of the running following negotiations breaking down earlier this week.
And it appears Whyte's relationship with promoter Eddie Hearn remains a little strained after the pair were filmed having a brief argument during an interview backstage at the O2 Arena last night regarding the offers that were made.
The video typically shows the difficulty in negotiations in the heavyweight division. With numbers on pay-per-views going up and fighters wanting a bigger split it’s becoming hard for Hearn to find a contract that pleases both fighters.
"The first offer, they wanted the lion's share in the rematch and I said: 'No'," Whyte told iFL TV - skip to 22:40 to watch the argument unfold. "And then the second offer I said: 'OK I'll accept the terms but with no rematch.'
"And then the third offer I said: 'I'll give you the same deal you're giving me in the first fight for the rematch.' And then I've not heard anything."
Even though Hearn and the fans want Whyte as Joshua’s next opponent, it is clear to see that if the money isn’t right then the fight is all but called off.
The pair did eventually stop arguing with Hearn imitating Whyte’s phone call 'begging' him to not kick him out the team just to show there aren't any genuine ill-feeling between the pair.
This latest collapse does mean AJ is expected to face Miller in June across the pond, though.
For Whyte, Hearn confirmed he is hoping to finalise his next ring outing over the next week, with Luis Ortiz, Dominic Breazeale and Alexander Povetkin all being considered as potential opponents.News Now - Sport News