Promoter Eddie Hearn has ponied up more than £4 million to get Dillian Whyte 25-1 (18) in the ring with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21) for a rematch at Wembley Stadium in London on April 13.
That’s according to the Matchroom Boxing boss’s Twitter account, where he responded to questions about the potential match-up on Tuesday.
Both Whyte and Joshua are promoted by Hearn.
The dealmaker’s comments come after Whyte branded the initial offer for the fight “ridiculous” and declared himself a promotional free agent, flying to the US last week for talks with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) organisation.
It is believed that this move prompted Hearn to table a revised offer with better terms.
Replying to a tweet stating that Whyte should jump at any offer to face Joshua worth over £2 million, Hearn responded: “Double it.”
The promoter later added: “It’s more then [Alexander] Povetkin,” before confirming the financial package totals over £4 million.
With the Wembley date little more than 11 weeks away the search for an opponent for Joshua is beginning to get desperate.
WBC champion Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) and Tyson Fury 27-0-1 (19) appear headed for rematch of their thrilling draw in December, while undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 16-0 (12) has indicated he will take a few fights to settle into the heavyweight division before challenging the big names in his new weight class.
If Whyte ultimately rejects the offer from Hearn it is expected that Joshua will scrap the Wembley date to pursue a fight with undefeated American behemoth Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller 23-0-1 (20) for his USA debut in New York City.
Joshua and Whyte have a rivalry that dates back to their amateur days. In 2009 as novice amateurs Whyte knocked Joshua down before securing the win by decision. Joshua got better of Whyte in the pros when he stopped him in seven rounds in a fight for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles three years ago.
Earlier this week Hearn turned the screws on Whyte by pointing out that the WBO number one contender could be bumped from that position if Usyk moves up in weight as expected.
Joshua, 29, holds the WBA, IBF and WBO world championships.