Wilder shuts down Joshua's hopes of April bout

Dillian Whyte knocks out Dereck Chisora in 11th round of heavyweight fight

Dillian Whyte knocks out Dereck Chisora in gruelling heavyweight contest

He eventually rose unsteadily to his feet as Whyte said: "Everyone loves a knockout but I was anxious for him, I thought he might not get back up".

Deontay Wilder has his heart set on a rematch with Tyson Fury and said it would be "dumb" to fight Anthony Joshua before settling that rivalry.

Conveniently, Joshua was ringside to answer Whyte's call.

Higgins believed it could lead to the biggest pay-per-view number of either fighters' career and he wouldn't be surprised if Eddie Hearn pulled the rug out of a Wilder vs Fury rematch.

Wilder and Fury battled to a controversial draw earlier this month and the clamour for a second bout between the pair looks set to further frustrate Joshua's ambition to unify the heavyweight division.

Cos I showed him some respect, I just told him out straight, "I knocked you out clean when we fought" but I said, 'Let's forget about that cos we've both developed and let's prove who's the better fighter now.

"Dillian deserves a world title shot".

Dillian Whyte finishes Dereck Chisora
Dillian Whyte finishes Dereck Chisora

"I don't believe that Wilder will fight Joshua, so therefore we need to sit down immediately and see if there's a deal to be done. I'm sure Eddie doesn't want the golden egg to get cracked". They can do 100,000 at Wembley.

Addressing Joshua, who beat him in 2015, Whyte said: "Rematch, let's go". My careers needs to progress. It's about what he's doing; he's the man at the moment.

If Parker wants to return to the United Kingdom he could be forced to pick up the crumbs for now, even if they come in the rather large form of Chisora.

But Lewis thinks Joshua is more likely to want to stay at home.

"I'll bounce back. There's fights out there. I need to fight Deontay Wilder for the belt".

Fighting for the first time since curiously appointing David Haye as his manager and at a lighter 247lbs, the same as his opponent, he had perhaps undermined his punch resistance for a contest that was expected to be exceptionally physical.

"The money out of a [Junior Fa] fight is pocket change compared to what we could make in the United States or the UK".

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