Dillian Whyte believes Anthony Joshua won’t rematch him.
Whyte and Joshua fought in 2015 with Joshua winning by seventh-round TKO for the WBC International, Commonwealth, and British heavyweight titles. It was also the first loss of Whyte’s career and since then, he has been adamant about getting a rematch with Joshua.
The Jamaican is coming off a controversial win over Jermaine Franklin and the hope is Whyte gets a big fight next time out. The bout he wants is to face Joshua but he thinks Joshua won’t take it as he is afraid of it.
“Inactivity is killing the sport and it needs a shake-up. I am waiting for my next fight — and was meant to fight Joshua after Franklin. Joshua and his team told everybody ‘the winner of Whyte and Franklin fights AJ’ — and then they boxed the loser,” Whyte explained to The Sun. “And now they have petitioned for Frazer Clarke to fight Fabio for his title, got exactly what they asked for and have bottled it. It’s a joke, they look around blaming each other, making excuses, talking up other fights further down the line. But anyone who sees Joshua sitting around for nine months waiting for a Wilder cash-out — or Clarke taking on some journeyman in a pointless undercard fight — will see a team that has lost its bottle.
“Joshua’s team are doing interviews saying he beats me in four rounds. But he can’t decide if I’m his dream opponent or his worst nightmare,” Whyte continued. “I want the fight. I know that DAZN want the fight, too, because it would be an absolutely huge event. The only problem we all have is Joshua. He has confidence issues and is afraid to take the fight.”
According to Dillian Whyte, he says the holdup on an Anthony Joshua fight is the former champ is deciding if he wants to box again before the rumored December fight against Deontay Wilder.
“He doesn’t want to risk his retirement payday in Saudi Arabia against Wilder — who is also past his sell-by date. Joshua and his team are talking Clarke up as a future world champion. But they’re terrified of fighting Fabio, who was fighting white-collar in Ipswich pubs a few years ago. These people are spineless. There’s a long list of opponents I can fight next and the deadline for Joshua to pull his finger out and find his pen is coming soon. And there’s a load of British heavyweights, like David Adeleye and Solly Dacres, who want to challenge Fabio. Or he can move on to European and world targets,” Whyte said. “Joshua isn’t the golden goose anymore, the sport doesn’t revolve around him. Him and his people don’t seem to realize it but duck me again and lose to Wilder in December and he and his team — that know so much but do so little — are finished.”
Whether or not Whyte vs. Joshua happens next is uncertain, but Whyte hopes it does.
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