Dillian Whyte is likely to confirm a new broadcast partner sooner rather than later as he looks to return to the ring.
The former WBC world heavyweight contender has been out since being stopped by Tyson Fury in a challenge for the green and gold WBC belt earlier this year.
Whyte was taken out by ‘The Gypsy King’ within six rounds at Wembley Stadium in April and has since been plotting a comeback.
And it seems the 34-year-old, who has already worked with the likes of Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren, may have another promoter to add to the list after Ben Shalom mooted the idea of ’The Body Snatcher’ signing with Boxxer.
Shalom, the chief executive of Boxxer, discussed the possibility of Whyte joining his ever-growing roster of talent and fighting exclusively on Sky Sports as part of the fight week deal for Saturday’s postponed world middleweight undisputed clash between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall.
Speaking to Boxing Social’s Charlie Parsons, Shalom said:
“Dillian is a great guy and I really enjoy his company.
“The reality is he will go where the most money is and I think he deserves it at this stage of his career.”
Shields vs. Postponed in the wake of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s death earlier this week, Marshall has been provisionally postponed until October 15, with the O2 Arena in London set to remain the venue. Official confirmation of the new date will come in due course.
Whyte was ringside in Liverpool at the M&S Bank Arena last weekend as Liam Smith stopped former sparring partner Hassan Mwakinyo inside four rounds and Natasha Jonas outpointed Patricia Berghult to add the WBC world title to her WBO super welterweight crown.
He had previously joined Shalom for the Merseyside derby, a football match between rivals Liverpool and Everton, and the promoter believes Whyte will soon choose who will guide the rest of his career in the sport. Regardless of the decision, he believes fans will want to see Whyte back in the ring this year.
“I think if we’re pretty close [to offering him the most money]he would love to be with us and would love to have the benefits of Sky, but he deserves to take the most money at this stage of his career.
“It’s just good he’s back, he’s coming back this year and I’m looking forward to seeing him back.”