ANTHONY JOSHUA’S anticipated clash with Dillian Whyte, one of three men to hold an amateur win over the Olympic gold medallist, could be take place in October, rather than on the mooted September 12 date.

“I still like the Anthony Joshua against Dillian Whyte fight. Dillian’s got a little bit of a bad hand so I think that fight will happen later in the year,” said Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn.

There will still be a show on September 12. After his heroics in America winning the IBF super-middleweight title, James DeGale was expected to return to action in October. “He could now jump on the September 12 show,” Hearn added.

With George Groves waiting for his shot at WBC champion Badou Jack and Carl Froch undecided about his future, there aren’t too many high profile names available for DeGale. “I like the [Mikkel] Kessler fight for DeGale, [Bernard] Hopkins is a big fight but obviously I can’t imagine that’s going to be the greatest fight in the world but it’s a big fight. I quite like [Lucien] Bute. James wants big fights. Although it’s a packed division, it’s quite thin, if that makes sense,” the promoter continued.

“Originally we were [going to have shows on] August 29 in Sheffield, September 5 in Leeds, September 12 at the O2, September 19 in Cardiff and October was Birmingham and Newcastle. But the only one I can tell you 100% is the 12th. That’s booked and we’re doing it.”