Anthony Joshua remains on course for a summertime return.
The priority for his team is to revisit past business.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that an offer has been submitted to former title challenger Dillian Whyte for a proposed August 12 rematch with Joshua. Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing has the date reserved for the former two-time unified heavyweight titlist, who is also in talks to face former WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder in December.
"Our plan, which we've stressed, is for AJ to box on 12 August and in December again against Deontay," Hearn told BBC Sport, who was first to reveal the news. “The negotiations will be difficult but both AJ and Whyte want the fight."
Should Whyte accept an offer, the fight would be a rematch of their December 2015 encounter, which Joshua won by knockout in the seventh round at The O2 Arena in London. One fight later, in April 2016, also at The O2, Watford's Joshua—a 2012 Olympic gold medallist for Great Britain and rising contender at the time—won his first major title by knocking out undefeated IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin in the second round.
While a rematch would also serve as a non-title fight, it is still a big fight on the domestic level.
"Dillian has a lot of value in the rematch. This is not an opponent for Joshua, but a big fight between two world-class heavyweights and huge British names.”