Anthony Joshua aims for rematch with Dillian Whyte before retiring from boxing


Anthony Joshua vowed to fight Dillian Whyte again before he was done boxing with the pair currently 1-1 against each other.

Joshua’s very first loss in boxing, just three fights in his amateur career, came against Whyte, and he avenged that loss in the pros to hand his rival his first loss in 2015.

However, the feud was never really settled and Joshua believes that before his career is over he will have fought Whyte once again.

Asked by Gary Neville during an episode of his show Overlap Joshua said he wished he could relive their first amateur encounter, saying he wanted to “hit him”.



Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte fought in 2015, with AJ in the lead

“Maybe the day I lost to Dillian, so I could hit him,” Joshua said when asked what day he would live again. “It was my third fight so I can go back and hit him.”

And he seemed to think the opportunity would present itself again, adding, “But I’ll do it anyway, at some point in the future anyway.”

Whyte has also pushed for this rematch throughout his career, although his path has taken him to the WBC belt, which is the only heavyweight strap that does not belong to Joshua.

He was held for a number of years by American Deontay Wilder, before being taken over by Tyson Fury in February of last year, causing further delays in Whyte getting his title.

And Whyte has since indicated he would rather face Joshua again, claiming his next opponent Oleksandr Usyk is not a real heavyweight competitor due to his size and inexperience in weight.

“These guys know,” Whyte said. Sky Sports in May. “You can say whatever you want with me, but there are two things they cannot deny.

“I always come to fight and whoever fights me, you will know you fought, it doesn’t matter, win, lose or draw.

“The two fights that I lost, the guys took a lot of damage.

“Anthony Joshua was almost knocked out when I fought him. If you look back at the clips, you hear him say, ‘If I had taken another body photo of him, I would have doubled over.’

“These guys know no matter what, win, lose or draw. I’m here to give work.”

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Dillian Whyte lost to Joshua as a professional and wants to settle his overall score
Dillian Whyte lost to Joshua as a professional and wants to settle his overall score

Joshua won’t be too concerned about Whyte, or any other heavyweight, until this weekend, when he takes on Usyk for his unified heavyweight titles.

He put together a very rigid training plan for the legendary former cruiserweight champion that includes one-handed workouts and goes as far as writing a special ring walking song.

Usyk has yet to prove himself in heavyweight, but is a former undisputed champion of the lowerweight and has never lost in his career.

He’s also a decorated amateur, winning gold at the same London 2012 Olympics where Joshua made his name almost ten years ago.


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