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Dillian Whyte eager for Joshua rematch after Jermaine Franklin fight on Nov.26th

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By Charles Brun: Dillian Whyte is eager to get his confidence-builder fight against Jermaine Franklin out of the way next week on November 26th so that he can get to his rematch with Anthony Joshua in early 2023.

Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs), who has lost two out of his last three fights, will be headlining against the obscure heavyweight Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs) in a 12 round fight live on DAZN at the OVO Arena in London, England.

The sense of entitlement for Whyte is disturbing because he’s not having to work his way back into a big-money fight like other fighters do after they’ve been beaten.

Instead, all Whyte needs to do for him to get a mega-payday against Joshua is beat the little-known Franklin, a fighter whose only recognizable name on his resume is a questionable 10 round split decision victory over journeyman Jerry Forrest in 2019. Many boxing fans that saw that fight felt that Forrest deserved the victory.

So instead of Whyte needing to beat a quality heavyweight like Joe Joyce, Frank Sanchez, or Filip Hrgovic to get a fight against Anthony Joshua, only needs to defeat Franklin.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn still plans on letting Joshua fight Whyte despite his recent knockout losses to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury last April and 40-year-old Alexander Povetkin in 2020.

Dillian likely would have been knocked out by Povetkin a second time if the Russian fighter wasn’t coming back from a bad case of Covid 19 last year.

“I’ll fight Joshua tomorrow. I’ll fight him for less money,” said Whyte to DAZN about his desire to fight Anthony Joshua again.

“Whenever me and him fight, sparks fly. We just want to beat each other up. ”

“He has a strange way of throwing punches. It’s something crazy,” said trainer James ‘Buddy’ McGirt to DAZN about Whyte. “You sit there and watch it. He has certain things that he does to distract a fighter.

“You can tell that he can fight, whether it’s inside the ring or outside the ring, because he knows what he’s doing. It might seem crazy to somebody else, but it works for him.

“I can honestly say that in the last few weeks, we’ve found a way to make certain things work. Thank God they’re working.”

“He’s the best opponent at the minute,” said Whyte about Jermaine Franklin. “He’s 22-0. It’s very hard to defeat someone that is undefeated. He doesn’t know how to lose. For me, it’s going to be an exciting fight.

“He’s very confident. He says he’s going to knock me out and give me a rematch. A lot of people underestimate me. A lot of people don’t think I’m as good as me. When they’re actually in there with me, then it’s too late. ‘He punches a lot harder than I think he does. He moves a lot better than I think he does. He’s a lot sharper than I think he does.’

“Mindset and fighter, I don’t really need to work in that department,’ said Whyte. “Coming off a loss is a good time to reassess and question things and try and improve a few things. Me and my team felt these changes were needed.

“My record showed that I fought one dangerous guy are another. I fought guys that no one else wanted to fight,” said Whyte.

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