Why Anthony Joshua May Scrap Next Fight (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Why Anthony Joshua May Scrap Next Fight (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua will most likely scrap his 13 April bout at Wembley Stadium according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Concise News understands the boxer of Nigerian descent signed a two-date agreement to fight at Wembley, with the first being his 22 September triumph over Alexander Povetkin.

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Hearn says a fight with Dillian Whyte in the UK or homeboy Jarrell Miller in New York is set to be Joshua’s next test.

“The main thing is it looks like 13 April is unlikely,” says Hearn.

“I think Dillian thinks, for a fight like that, he’d want a bit more time.

“So, if we do the Whyte fight, I think we move it to May or June anyway.

“But the Jarrell Miller fight is very close for June at Madison Square Garden.”

Hearn told IFL TV the Wembley date was “not 100%” off but scrapping it looks “very likely”.

Should a rematch with Whyte – beaten by AJ in 2015 – go ahead in the summer, another United Kingdom stadium would be sought with Hearn suggesting Wembley would not be part of the equation again this year.

Whyte, 30, made public his frustration at the initial financial offer to take the fight, but has since been offered improved terms.

Very Good Chance Joshua, Miller Will Clash

Furthermore, it is believed that Miller is the likelier candidate to face the IBF, WBA and WBO world champion next as he would provide a gateway into a new market by giving Joshua the opportunity for his maiden bout in the US.

Miller, 30, has 23 wins and a draw on his 24-fight record.

Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)
Eddie Hearn trying to work out Wilder or Fury for Joshua, but it’s been difficult (Photo Credit: Sky Sports)

While Hearn made offers to WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Britain’s Tyson Fury as prospective opponents for Joshua at Wembley, the nature of the December 1st draw between the pair means it is almost certain they will meet again in a rematch first.

Fury, who only returned to the ring after a long-term absence has continually called out Joshua, 29.

The enthralling contest between Fury and Wilder on Los Angeles generated a public clamour for a second bout, thus restricting Joshua’s options, despite him holding three of the four major world belts.