Hearn hints at AJ European title fight

Promoter Eddie Hearn has hinted that Anthony Joshua may decide to fight for a European title instead of a possible all-British clash with Dereck Chisora.

Joshua was tested for the first time in his professional career as he beat Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena in London last Saturday.

The Watford-born boxer overcame a second round wobble to knock out bitter rival Whyte in the seventh round to add a British title to his Commonwealth crown.

Chisora, who has won his last four fights, had been “top of the pile of options” as Joshua’s next opponent, according to Hearn.

But Joshua’s promoter Hearn now seems keen for the British heavyweight champion to pursue other options in his search for global success.

“April 9 will be Anthony Joshua's next outing and again it will be at the O2 – it's his home,” Hearn wrote in his Daily Mail column. "People are talking about Dereck Chisora, which is ideal if we go down the British title defence route, but I think we might prefer the European title route.

"Robert Helenius is fighting Franz Rill for the title on Saturday and that is a strap we might well go for – AJ wants to go the route of collecting all the titles before and already has British and Commonwealth to his name.

"We are also keeping our eye on the IBF route and on top of all that, David Haye remains a huge fight.

"But right now we are prioritising titles and David doesn't bring that to the table at this point. It is, however, one I think will happen down the line. As ever, watch this space."