Dillian Whyte has accused promoter Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua of not making realistic offers to seal a world title fight.
Joshua, 29, is braced to make a defense of his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles, with Whyte, 30, thought to be the favorite for the shot.
With Deontay Wilder and Tyson fury ordered by the WBC to rematch, it emerged that Whyte or American Jarrell Miller were the most likely opponents to face AJ next.
Wembley Stadium was booked for April 13, though it now looks likely Joshua will have either have a June fight in the US against Miller or a rematch with Whyte around the same time.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Whyte accused Hearn of not offering him a ‘realistic’ deal – as the Brixton man claimed Joshua has his sights set on a Stateside debut against Miller.
Whyte said: “It’s clear to me that they have never been serious about making a fight with me for April 13. If they were serious, they should have started negotiating sooner and with more realistic terms.
“The way he is going about business, Joshua won’t be fighting me, Wilder, or Fury any time soon.
“They’ve had the (Wembley Stadium) date booked for ages, and have known AJ was available since he beat Alexander Povetkin on 22 September, yet didn’t even make an initial offer until 10 January.
“We could have made this fight if Joshua really wanted it but it has been clear to me all along that they’ve been focused on making the Jarrell Miller fight in New York city on [streaming service] DAZN.
“Eddie has been trying to make him and Joshua look like they’ve made a serious attempt to make a fight with me for April 13, but I know Eddie, have dealt with him for years and he didn’t make a real attempt.
“It’s so obvious. Joshua doesn’t want to fight me. He wants to go to America and fight Miller. That is easy money. One hundred percent this was their plan the whole time.”
Promoter Hearn responded to Whyte’s claim and cited he respects the heavyweight’s reasoning for declining the deal.
Hearn said: “Dillian has a perception of his value in the fight, we respect that and we will continue to work with him and grow his stock in the heavyweight division.”