ACCORDING to Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn, there is one person that WBA and IBF heavyweight king Anthony Joshua would like to fight above all others – his old enemy Dillian Whyte.

“If you said to Anthony, who do you want to fight next? He’d say Dillian every time,” Hearn revealed.

Of course, Joshua’s focus at the moment is not on Whyte but on New Zealand’s WBO belt-holder Joseph Parker, whom he meets in a world heavyweight title unification clash in Cardiff on Saturday March 31. Nevertheless, he would have no doubt been impressed with what he saw from Whyte against Aussie Lucas Browne.

Despite the fact that Whyte would dearly love to have the chance to avenge his December 2015 defeat to Joshua, he currently has his eyes on another heavyweight star.

“I want to fight Deontay Wilder next,” Whyte confirmed after his stunning KO of Browne at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. “Then, after that, I can fight Joshua for all of the belts [assuming he overcomes Parker].”

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When asked who he thinks would provide the tougher test out of Joshua and America’s Wilder, Whyte sided with his ex-opponent, and explained why he will always be inextricably linked with his fellow Brit.

“Joshua’s boxing is more together [than Wilder’s], but they both can punch, and they both haven’t got the best chin,” Whyte opined. “Everyone needs a rival – Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. That’s me and Joshua.”