Anthony Joshua unlikely to fight in April as Eddie Hearn says he needs time to prepare after struggling to secure opponent

ANTHONY JOSHUA’S big night under the Wembley lights in April seems likely to be postponed.

The boxer’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that a failure to arrange an opponent could lead him to “pull the trigger” on a spring showdown in London.

Eddie Hearn has thrown fresh doubt that Anthony Joshua will fight at Wembley in April
Eddie Hearn has thrown fresh doubt that Anthony Joshua will fight at Wembley in April
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A rematch against Dillian Whyte or a fight over in the US against loudmouth American Jarrell Miller now seem much more likely options.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said: “I think if the Dillian Whyte fight happens, it’s likely that will be pushed to May or June now.

“I think Dillian feels April 13 is too early for a fight, with that kind of build-up.

“Jarrell Miller is still live for early June at MSG [Madison Square Garden, Las Vegas.

Dillian Whyte remains an early favourite to bag a rematch against AJ - but probably for June
Dillian Whyte remains an early favourite to bag a rematch against AJ – but probably for June
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Jarrell Miller definitely wants to fight Anthony Joshua, and could get his wish in Madison Square Garden
Jarrell Miller definitely wants to fight Anthony Joshua, and could get his wish in Madison Square Garden
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“I think over the weekend, we’ll make our final decision, and get an announcement out next week.”

The boxing public are desperate for AJ to lay the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles on the line against WBC king Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.

And Hearn has not completely ruled out some late and dramatic action to get his man’s next fight deal thrashed out.

He added: “Tyson Fury could phone me this afternoon and become the front runner. Things can change all the time.

Most boxing fans would want to see Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder fight Anthony Joshua next
Most boxing fans would want to see Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder fight Anthony Joshua next
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“Certainly Miller has shown a willingness to take this fight. There’s a lot of noise about Anthony Joshua’s US debut.

“I quite like the idea, but still, anything can happen, but we are close to pulling the trigger for sure.”

Joshua knocked out Whyte in seven rounds in their first professional clash in December 2015, after the Jamaican-born fighter has beaten the Olympic champion in the amateur ranks six years earlier.

The 30-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2018, beating Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora and feels he deserves another shot at a world title.

Eddie Hearn believes Dillian Whyte would want more prep time for the AJ rematch than April
Eddie Hearn believes Dillian Whyte would want more prep time for the AJ rematch than April
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Whyte said on Instagram on Sunday: “Next fight announcement coming real soon. Can’t wait to get back in the ring it’s been to long.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Whyte has been offer £4million to face Joshua in the spring.

But Hearn has hinted Whyte wants more prep time and April might come to soon – meaning Miller could be the viable option.

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