Michigan’s undefeated Jermaine Franklin is in the frame to face Dillian Whyte in the Brixton man’s upcoming fight in America, according to Sky Sports.
The WBC Interim heavyweight belt holder plans to continue his career rebuild in the US as he pursues a fight against one of the division’s marquee names.
On the verge of a WBC title shot against Tyson Fury, Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) suffered a shock fifth round KO to Alexander Povetkin last August before earning sweet revenge with an emphatic four-round stoppage in March that prompted the Russian to retire.
Franklin (20-0, 13 KOs) boasts a glossy record but is yet to face a meaningful name. His best win is a split decision nod over fringe contender Jerry Forrest in July 2019.
The American previously told Sky Sports that he had spotted weaknesses in Whyte’s style.
“I don’t want to say he has a glass chin, because he took some shots [against Povetkin], but if you can catch him at the right time, at the right moments though, you will have a great effect on him,” said the 27-year-old Franklin, who hasn’t fought in 21 months and counting.