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Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn slammed over Dillian Whyte rematch clause saga – ‘don’t want the fight’

Former world champion Carl Froch has hit out at Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn as they “don’t want” the Dillian Whyte fight.

Carl Froch has boldly argued that Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn "don't really want" the Dillian Whyte fight.

Following his second defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua returned to winning ways in April as he defeated Jermaine Franklin via unanimous decision at the O2 Arena.

Joshua's team have been focused on finalising a deal with Saudi Arabian officials that will see him face Deontay Wilder in December.

But Joshua and his team are keen to have a fight in August and British rival Whyte was initially expected to be his opponent.

The pair previously treated fans to a thrilling all-British fight in 2015 when they were still relative novices.
Talks over a rematch have dragged on longer than expected, and Whyte has publicly slammed Joshua and his team for refusing to engage in negotiations.

Last week, he told talkSPORT: "The fight's just collapsed, there's been no communication on the fight."

He added: "We've been trying to contact Eddie Hearn for one month, multiple phone calls and emails, they've just gone missing."

Hearn heard this interview and subsequently sent over a contract, which includes a one-sided rematch clause in Joshua's favour.
Whyte is far from pleased with the details of this contract, and Froch has argued that this fight "doesn't need a rematch clause".

"Just for a straight matchup - Joshua vs Whyte doesn't need a rematch clause, that tells me they don't really want the fight and they know it's risky and they're worried AJ might lose," he said via his YouTube channel Froch on Fighting.

"From Whyte's point of view, if he beats Joshua, he'll want to move on to bigger and better things - maybe he'll get the spot in Saudi Arabia and get 50 million quid. And if he beats AJ, he deserves it.
"It's annoying, it's frustrating, it's heavyweight boxing. What can I say? It tells me that Anthony Joshua probably isn't that confident."
Hearn meanwhile has revealed that "two or three opponents" are being "looked at" to face Joshua in August.

The Matchroom supremo told IFL TV: "There's two or three opponents that we're looking at but I'm not going to tell you who they are. But we need to do it this week."

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