Anthony Joshua: I hate Dillian Whyte, but I’ll cheer for him to beat Fury'

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Anthony Joshua: I hate Dillian Whyte, but I’ll cheer for him to beat Fury'

While he is still waiting for a match against Oleksandr Usyk and thus the beginning of preparations, for which it is still unknown where he will do it, Anthony Joshua has time for other boxing topics. One of the main ones at the moment is the British fight for the WBC heavyweight title, which will be held on April 23 at Wembley Stadium in London.

Of course, Tyson Fury’s match against Dillian Whyte. As one of the world’s best heavyweights, Joshua is certainly a man whose opinion on the subject is interesting to hear, especially when it comes to how Whyte can come up with a surprise.

He said something about that in an interview with iFL. "Dillian will have to come in with the knowledge of what Fury is doing and react to it by doing something quite the opposite. He needs to work punches in the body and be ready for a match that will go to the referee’s decision."

"I hope he is training hard and that he will not underestimate Fury, ”Joshua said, to which we must comment that the statement about underestimating Fury doesn’t really make sense. Is anyone crazy enough to underestimate Gipsy King? Still, what Joshua said next was actually the biggest surprise.

We all know that Joshua needs a victory over Oleksandr Usyk, and Fury needs Whyte to win their match. It would be a match that would unquestionably bring Fury and Joshua the biggest fees so far, but not only that.

Anthony Joshua on Whyte title attack

It is probably the biggest boxing match that can be organized today.

That is why the statement Joshua had made up to that point sounded unthinkable. "This is Dillian's first attack on the title and I think he will be hungry for victory because of that. If it was the tenth fight for the title for someone, they would surely lose a little zeal and desire along the way."

"But it’s a different matter when it’s the first time. I cheer for Dillian, even though I think I hate him. I'd like to beat him up in due course. So go ahead Dillian, do this to the end, ”he said. It is known that Joshua and Whyte have not had nearly good relations since 2015, when they fought for the British heavyweight title, and Joshua celebrated with a stoppage in the seventh round.

As for this first part and being left without a big fight, it is possible that Joshua thinks that Whyte would take over everything that goes with Fury with a victory and that he wouldn't actually lose much. Yet, if we look realistically, we cannot imagine a situation where Whyte would have the marketing value that Fury has, primarily looking at the charisma criterion. There is rarely anyone who can compete with Gipsy King.