Anthony Joshua’s USA debut against Jarrell Miller is a “strong possibility” and a New York fight in June could be announced next week, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Britain’s heavyweight champion is pressing ahead with plans for a world title defence against ‘Big Baby’ Miller after Whyte declared that talks were ‘dead’ over a rematch at Wembley.
Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn insists terms are yet to be agreed between Joshua and Miller, but continues to hold discussions about a Madison Square bill that could also feature a number of British fighters.
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“Looking at the Miller fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports News . “New York is something that we didn’t expect, but as we talk more about it, as we speak to great venues like Madison Square Garden, it’s starting to sound quite special.
“Not just that fight, but also creating a weekend in June for British fight fans to remember for a long time. We’re stacking the card with major championship fights for the young British talent, for established British talent as well.
“We’re not done with Jarrell Miller. We have deep talks progressing now. There is no deal yet, but right now, that looks like a strong possibility.”
Whyte could return to the ring before Joshua, with the Brixton man likely to fight at The O2, after talks broke down over a second bout between the British rivals on April 13.
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“April 20 looks like it could be Dillian Whyte at The O2 Arena, obviously if they don’t fight,” said Hearn.
“It could be Dillian on April 20, Joshua in New York. Still a long way to go. Plenty of twists and turns left.
“There was a clock ticking for Wembley. I think we can rule that out of the equation right now, but June 1 is some weeks away, but obviously we want to get it announced.
“AJ wants to know what he’s doing, and hopefully by end of this week, the weekend, we could be in a position to announce his next fight.”
Man Utd to pay Ronaldo £17m per year to leave Juventus
Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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