Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte likely for September 12th for British heavyweight title
By Demetrius Luke: British heavyweight prospects Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte are on a collision course to face off in September for the vacant British heavyweight title at The O2 Arena recently vacated by fellow Brit Tyson Fury. Joshua and Whyte have a deep history after facing off in the amateurs with Whyte being the victor. However, the professional game is a whole new level of boxing with both guys growing in physical attributes and maturing mentally, both fighters have looked very good since turning professional both boasting undefeated records.
Anthony Joshua is coming off the back of an impressive 2nd round stoppage win over the experienced American Kevin Johnson. Johnson was tipped to take Anthony Joshua rounds but was blown out inside two rounds which has left Joshua’s promoter realizing his young heavyweight prospect needing to be bought along quicker to a higher level. There is nothing wrong with a fighter having his first 10-15 fights against limited opposition but when you are blowing them out as quickly as Joshua is then it is clear he isn’t gaining out of fighting these type of fighters, Johnson may not be a fighter who is a top 10-15 fighter any more but he still has the experience, durability to make Joshua learn some new aspects but didn’t have the chance to.
Dillian Whyte currently is 14-0 as a professional with 11 knock out wins. He has won five fights by stoppage since returning from a two year suspension and is looking very fast, powerful and confident as he approaches his time also to move up to moving through the heavyweight ranking spots.
Joshua and Whyte are both physically strong and have tremendous power and speed. Joshua has the more exposure due to being signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport promotions and Whyte not being signed to a promoter due to himself wanting to fight on any possible card rather than being limited to dates but you have to feel for him to get further in the sport he will have to have someone guide him soon.
Both fighters have earned their apprenticeship in boxing and have proven worthy that they are ready for the big names in the division and both are now looking set to meet once again for the British title, the build up will be very interesting with the needle still living on from the amateur fight. Joshua has made it clear he isn’t at all affected by that defeat as it was a long time ago in a different level.
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