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Fury: Whyte has psychological edge over Joshua

Anthony Joshua Tyson FuryBy Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury thinks that unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (16-0, 13 KOs) has the highly ranked and much hyped Anthony Joshua’s number, and he believes we could see Whyte winning their contest on December 12th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

Fury notes that Joshua is the one that has received all the hype from the media due to him winning the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London, but he thinks that Whyte has the mental edge over the 6’6” Joshua. Whyte defeated Joshua in the past in 2009 in the amateurs, and he showed in that fight that he was able to beat Joshua at his own game by slugging it out.

Whyte has heavy hands and a steel chin, and that’s not good for Joshua, because he’s very easy to hit. Joshua does not have the ability to be mobile, and he never did due to his muscular bodybuilding type frame. Joshua has actually made things worse for him since he turned pro by adding 20 pounds of muscle in a very, very short period of time in bulking up to 250 without any real need to.

I still don’t know why Joshua chose to add 20 pounds of muscle to his frame since turning pro in 2013, because he was easily winning against the 3rd tier fodder that his promoter Eddie Hearn was feeding him. He didn’t need to go on a bodybuilding kick to bulk up to 250.

“It’s strictly business and Dillian wants what Joshua has got,” Fury said to “I believe it is a genuine 50/50 fight. A lot of people are writing Dillian off because of the hype machine going around Anthony Joshua at the moment, but I believe Dillian has more than an edge on Anthony Joshua. I think he’s got a psychological edge.”

Fury isn’t blind. Anyone with two eyes can spot the kind of talent that Whyte has going for him, and they know that he’s got the perfect style to ruin Joshua’s little 14-fight winning streak and wipe the smile of Hearn’s face. I’m not sure if Fury has spared with Whyte before, but if he has then he knows firsthand what kind of punching power that the man has.

Joshua has received all the hype because of his gold medal in the 2012 Olympics, but the medal was a controversial one with many fans believing he lost between 2 to 4 times in that Olympics. The fans believe that Joshua was beaten clearly by Roberto Cammarelle from Italy and Erislandy Savon from Cuba.

Once Joshua got the gold medal, whether he deserved it or not, he was crowned by the British media in the same way that Audley Harrison was crowned for winning the gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Harrison’s gold medal wasn’t controversial. He definitely dominated all the competition he faced in the 2000 Olympics.

They were all one-sided fights. Whyte didn’t go to the Olympics, so he hasn’t had the same type of gushing adoration from the fans and media in the UK. But the thing is he appears to be the better fighter than Joshua, and he’s in the perfect position to unseat Joshua on December 12th and send him down the same path that Audley Harrison went on.

“If he [Whyte] plays his cards right he could have the edge 60/40 when he goes into the ring,” Fury said. “Dillian is actually a hard-core kind of fella, he likes to fight. He is a fighter. He’s not just a boxer, he will go there. I saw the press conference and he would have got stuck into him there and then, he wasn’t blagging, he would have had a fight there and then.”

I remember that press conference. Joshua looked wide-eyes after Whyte tore into him angrily in response to a comment that Joshua made about him being lucky he’s fighting on his undercard. Whyte looked like he was ready to pounce on Joshua if he hadn’t been so far away from him in the seating arrangement.

Joshua is the favorite to best Whyte, of course, but that’s expected because he’s the one that has the controversial gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics. But Whyte is going to go out there and show him that his medal is meaningless in the pro game. He’s going to be looking to beat him for a second time.

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