Dmitriy Salita, promoter for heavyweight contender Jermaine Franklin, is hoping to receive an official offer in the coming days for a showdown with former two-time world champion Anthony Joshua.
Last November, Franklin lost a close twelve round majority decision to Dillian Whyte. Some observers believe Franklin did enough to pull out a win.
Joshua is expected to return to the ring on April 1 in London.
The British star is looking to bounce back after suffering back to back decision losses to unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Salita confirms that discussions are taking place with respect to a fight with Joshua.
“Yes, Jermaine is excited about the opportunity to once again show the British boxing fans that he is the best American heavyweight in the world. As you saw in the Whyte fight, Jermaine is not intimidated by a big name even if it’s thousands of miles away from home,” Salita told Sky Sports.
“His mindset is to be the heavyweight champion of the world. Beat Joshua, beat Whyte in the rematch and fight the winner of Fury vs Usyk.”
Salita also promotes another heavyweight, Otto Wallin, who also wants a crack at Joshua.
However, Salita believes a fight with Wallin presents a bit more risk for Joshua.
Wallin’s sole defeat was a hard-fought decision loss to WBC world champion Tyson Fury back in 2019.
“I think that Otto’s fight with (Tyson) Fury and his subsequent victories after that show that he is one of the best heavyweights in the world,” said Salita.
“There is a lot of risk associated with this fight for Joshua. I believe the fight with [Wallin and] Whyte that was supposed to happen can happen now. Otto will get his opportunity in the near future. He is still improving and is a real threat. He is coming for that heavyweight world title.”