Anthony Joshua has now removed the rematch clause from the contract he’s sent Dillian Whyte, as Whyte requested.
The rival British heavyweights are in advanced negotiations for an August 12 fight, with a revised contract now in the hands of Whyte’s representatives.
The showdown looked to be dead just a few days ago as initial talks slowly quietened.
A few weeks back, Hearn made an offer to Whyte that was deemed financially insufficient by the fighter and his team.
They assumed Hearn would then return with an improved bid, but Joshua instead opted to switch focus and consider other opponents.
This prompted Whyte to appear on talkSPORT last Friday and announce that he was willing to accept the offer after all.
Hearn reacted by sending a contract over to Whyte, who returned to talkSPORT on Monday to demand the rematch clause was removed.
And Hearn has now told Boxing Social: “Against my advice, Joshua came back last night and said, ‘I don’t give a f*** about the rematch clause, I’m gonna knock him out, so just tell him to sign the contract.’
“Dillian Whyte had replied to us and said, ‘I’m not gonna do any promotion around the event, I don’t want a rematch clause, blah, blah, blah.’
“So we’ve just gone back now and given him a young contender’s promotional requirements, no rematch clause, August 12, done.”
Despite this, the promoter is still sceptical over whether Whyte will put pen to paper.
“The worry I have is I sent that email and ten minutes later Sky are running the story,” Hearn said, referencing the fact that the details were quickly made public.
“It’s like, ‘Do you want this fight or is this some kind of mission to land another fight?’
“The great news now is they have the contract, no rematch clause, August 12, nothing in the contract that’s gonna cause anyone any problems, let’s see.
“I don’t think they’re gonna sign it. I hope they do. AJ wants this fight bad.
“We want to announce on Saturday.”
It’s known that AJ is also in advanced talks to face Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia in December, but wants to face Whyte in the meantime.
Hearn updated: “We have meetings tonight and tomorrow with Saudi representatives to try and close AJ vs Wilder.
“Wilder’s team are also in London, which shows you the keenness to get that done. Fingers crossed.
“We hope that we can agree terms while they’re here, finalise the money and move forward with that fight.
“As I said, Wilder’s team are here as well, that’s very encouraging.
“We all wanna make the fight.”