Jermaine Franklin’s promoter Dmitriy Salita has stated that his man is now ‘very close’ to completing a deal to fight Dillian Whyte next.
The unbeaten American heavyweight was previously named by Eddie Hearn as a potential opponent for Whyte as they continue to plan for his return on November 26.
This will be the 34-year-old’s first fight back since his defeat to Tyson Fury in April.
Franklin is 21-0 (14 KOs), though yet to face anyone of significance in his career to help gauge his true level.
Salita told Lord Ping: “We are very close to finalising a deal for Jermaine Franklin to face Dillian Whyte in London on November 26 on DAZN.
“If you have not heard of Jermaine Franklin you’re about to discover a fighter who is destined for big things.
“We have a future heavyweight champion on our hands.
“Jermaine is young, hungry, skilled and has waited patiently for his opportunity.
“I believe there is no better opponent for him to face than Whyte at this stage of his career.
“We respect Whyte, he’s experienced and his left hook is one of the best in the business.
“He’s also in the last chance saloon, so that makes him dangerous.
“But Franklin, I believe, will come to the UK as the hungrier, fresher man and that’ll be the difference on the night.
“With Whyte towards the end of his career, this will be a real changing of the guard fight, as the heavyweight division ushers in a future star.”