Jermaine Franklin has a huge incentive to beat Dillian Whyte at Wembley Arena next weekend – a lucrative bout with Anthony Joshua next.
South London heavyweight Whyte is aiming to bounce back from his stoppage loss at the hands of Tyson Fury in April.
And the Brixton puncher looks set to be lined up for a third meeting with Joshua provided he does the business.
Whyte beat Joshua in the amateurs but was knocked out in a thriller at Greenwich’s 02 Arena in 2015 when the pair rematched in the paid ranks.
American Franklin is 21-0 but has never faced an opponent of the calibre of Whyte (28-3, 19KOs).
“It’s a massive night for Dillian because the pressure is actually really on him – Jermaine Franklin fancies this,” Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn told iFL TV. “If Dillian was to lose to Franklin he’s in a really difficult position.
“I said to Jermaine Franklin at the head-to-head: ‘If you win this fight, you’re fighting AJ and getting seven figures. You’re about to change your life’. He’s like: ‘I’m one uppercut away from changing my world forever’.
“It’s a very, very dangerous fight.”