Anthony Joshua interested in Dillian Whyte fight
By Scott Gilfoid: After getting beaten by Dillian Whyte (14-0, 11 KOs) in a fairly one-sided fight in the amateur ranks six years ago, undefeated heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) is reportedly interested in getting in the ring and possibly facing the hard hitting Whyte.
Joshua, 25, isn’t saying for sure that he’ll fight him, but he is looking into the possibility of facing him. Just when that’ll be is unknown. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is the one who picks the opponents for him, and judging by the types of guys that he’s been selecting for him thus far, Whyte appear to be someone with little chance of getting picked out for Joshua.
Whyte actually has power, ring intelligence, ability, and the killer instinct to finish off Joshua if he gets him hurt. We saw Whyte drop Joshua in their fight in 2009, and get robbed of another knockdown when the referee failed to give Whyte a knockdown after he clocked Joshua with a right hand that sent him flying across the ring into the ropes with his back leaning far over the ropes.
A lot of referees would have ruled it as a knockdown, but this one clearly missed the call.
“It’s an offer we’re really looking into,” Joshua said via Skysports.com. “If he [Whyte] is patient, I’m sure he’ll get his opportunity. I’m not worried about Dillian. He’s got power, he’s undefeated and he’s very hungry. Anyone that thinks they’re going to test me, I’ll put them in their place.”
Well, I believe that Whyte will test Joshua if Hearn is brave enough to risk Joshua’s hide by putting him in with that big puncher.
In looking where everything went wrong for Joshua in his fight against Whyte, I couldn’t help but notice that Whyte had absolutely no fear of Joshua. I also noticed he didn’t wait around for a day and a half to let his shots go like the 13 guys that Hearn had fed to Joshua. Whyte was on top of Joshua the entire fight, throwing nonstop punches, crowding him, and not letting Joshua use his long reach to throw shots from the outside.
Whyte was getting his punches off first and forcing the hulking Joshua to fight at a fast pace that his body wasn’t designed to. Before long, Joshua was arm weary by the 2nd round, and looking very tired. In the meantime, Whyte kept nailing Joshua with left hooks and right hands until finally he put him on the canvas. Moments later, Whyte was robbed of a knockdown when he sent Joshua flying after tagging him with a big right hand to the head. From that point on it was all one-sided with Whyte giving Joshua a royal thrashing.
As a pro, Whyte had a bit of bad luck in getting a 2-year drug suspension. But since he’s been back, Whyte has won his last five fights by knockout and has looked sensation. During that time, Whyte has blasted out the capable Beka Lobjanidze , Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, Kamil Sokolowski, Tomas Mrazek and Ante Verunica. Whyte looked great in all of those fights.
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