Dillian Whyte: Anthony Joshua knows I carry the power to KO him
By Scott Gilfoid: Undefeated heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (13-0, 10 KOs) says he’s take a fight against unbeaten #7 WBC Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) any day of the week if the fight were offered to him. Whyte defeated Joshua in the amateur ranks and knocked him on his backside after nailing him with a left hook followed by a right hand to the head.
Whyte says he doesn’t want to chase a fight against Joshua, who has been matched non-punchers since he turned pro after winning a controversial gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics that year.
“I’ve beaten him [Joshua] already. He knows in his mind and heart I carry the power to knock him out,” Whyte told the southlondonpress.co.uk. “If he wants a rematch, that’s up to him. I’m sure the British public would like to see him fight someone who actually comes to him.”
I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to call Whyte about a fight if I were him. I don’t see Hearn letting Whyte get anywhere near Joshua now or probably ever. Whyte hits too hard, and he wasn’t bothered by Joshua’s shots in their previous fight. Whyte would be a real danger to Joshua’s unbeaten record, and I doubt that Hearn would allow that fight to take place.
Since Joshua turned pro in 2013, he’s been matched by Hearn against the likes of 47-year-old Matt Skelton, 39-year-old Michael Sprott and 36-year-old Konstantin Airich. These are all guys that were stationary and perfect for Joshua to beat.
Joshua didn’t have to worry about fighting someone that was coming to him with big punching power. That obviously made it easy for him to score knockouts without having to risk his chin or his unbeaten record.
Whyte’s coming off an impressive 2nd round knockout victory over Brazilian slugger Marcelo Luiz Nascimento last Saturday night at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross, London, United Kingdom. Whyte knocked Nascimento down three times in the fight and twice with his huge left hook.
Whyte’s left hook is a dangerous weapon, and he’d be a problem for most heavyweights in the division. Whyte also possesses one-punch power with his right hand as well, and that makes him even more dangerous. At 6’3”, Whyte would be a real problem for Joshua if that fight took place, which like I said, I don’t see Hearn letting it happen.
“It would be nice to fight him [Joshua] and knock him out as a professional, because if it’s the only thing I didn’t do as an amateur – I bullied him around the ring and bashed him up. I’d fight him any day of the week,” Whyte said about Joshua.
Whyte has had three fights in the past year since coming off of a 2-year drug ban. If not for that incredibly long ban, Whyte would likely be vying for a world title by this time in his career.
Whyte did an excellent job of handling the power of Nascimento early in the 1st round, and then dropping him with a left hook. Once Nascimento tasted Whyte’s power, he was cautious afterwards and not willing to sit down on his punches as much.