Eddie Hearn promises ‘millions’ to winner of Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin

Eddie Hearn promises ‘millions’ to winner of Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin

Eddie Hearn promises ‘MILLIONS’ to winner of Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin… as winner faces Anthony Joshua early next year ahead of their heavyweight clash at Wembley

  • Dillian Whyte is set to face American Jermaine Franklin at Wembley on Saturday
  • The 34-year-old knows a win could spark a fight against Anthony Joshua
  • Promoter Eddie Hearn pledged ‘millions’ to Whyte v Franklin winner

Dillian Whyte is on a fortune as added incentive to win his comeback fight this Saturday night. Again, his American opponent Jermaine Franklin too

Promoter Eddie Hearn has promised ‘millions’ to whoever prevails in Wembley Arena, through a New Year’s Eve fight with Anthony Joshua.

Joshua has passed on a mega-bucks showdown with Tyson Fury next week to focus on his psychological recovery from back-to-back losses to Ukrainian Olexsandr Usyk, who relieved him of his world heavyweight title streak.

Eddie Hearn promised ‘millions’ to winner of Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin

The winner is set to face Anthony Joshua (pictured), as he returns to the ring next year

Now Joshua needs a dance partner to help him decide how best to get back to championship level.

This proposed warm-up will be against Whyte, who suffered his second knockout in three fights when he challenged Fury for his belt, or the undefeated Franklin.

One or the other would come from the highest circles of the so-called “interim” opponents. Whyte is still dangerous, but his punch resistance may weaken.

Franklin is a particularly heavy hitter, but there is no notable name on that winning record.

Whyte proclaims himself “always a lion ready to roar out of my cage”. Franklin, after taking note of the twin punches with which Fury and Alexander Povetkin flattened the 34-year-old Brixton Body-Snatcher, said, “I’m going to knock him out with an uppercut and end his career.”

Whyte and Franklin will face off at Wembley on Saturday with Joshua fight lined up

Across London at the 02 that same evening, two struggling Britons are hoping for an even bigger windfall as they battle for the interim WBO super middleweight title.

The winner of Zach Parker and John Ryder will be aiming for the chance to play as Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez’s returning opponent next May.

Whyte v Franklin will be televised live on Dazn and Parker v Ryder live on BT Sports this Saturday night.

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