Very good chance it will be Whyte - Hearn on Joshua's next opponent

Chisora was hoping to gain revenge and before Whyte ended the contest with a huge left hook, the slimmed-down heavyweight had given himself a great chance of victory.

Afterwards, Whyte called out Joshua, who stepped up to the ring and said Whyte was third on his list of targets.

With AJ booked to fight at Wembley on April 13, Whyte is heavily tipped to be his opponent (1/3), as WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder is expected to shun a unification bout in favour of a rematch of his own against Tyson Fury (also 1/3).

Whyte narrowly edged Chisora in a close, all-out war two years ago.

Whyte called out Joshua after his savage KO of Chisora.

"Right now, it's all about enjoying the holidays, going into the New Year, enjoying the New Year, then getting back at it", he added. I knocked you out clean when we fought'.

"(Wilder's team are) not showing a lot of willingness".

'I'm sure we'll be on the phone to Dillian and his guys in the next week and we should start straight away and say, "Look, if there's potential we need to move".

Though their was no major title on the line in this heavyweight showdown, the stakes were undeniably high, as the victor would be well positioned for more blockbuster fights in the heavyweight division - very possibly a showdown with unified heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua. I'm quite respectful, but if Dillian steps in the ring with me, trust me, you best believe me, none of these heavyweights are on my level. I'm not wasting three or four months of my career waiting for what he's doing; I haven't got time for that.

"We were supposed to hear about the Joshua fight directly after Wilder-Fury, what was supposed to happen, and there's nothing again, so I can't sit around and wait".

"It would be dumb to fight somebody else while you've already got a fight people are talking about".

Whyte continued: 'You're a tough man. Tempers flare sometimes and we go off at each other but nothing but respect, bruv'.

  • Steve Townsend