Anthony Joshua Backs Dillian Whyte to Take Out Archenemy Tyson Fury: ‘I’m With You All the Way’

Published 02/28/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Oct 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Deontay Wilder (red/black trunks) is knocked out by Tyson Fury (black/gold trunks) during their WBC/Lineal heavyweight championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Joshua is currently backing his former rival Dillian Whyte to outwork Tyson Fury for the WBC world title on April 23 at the Wembley Arena in London. Joshua, who lost his heavyweight titles to Usyk in the same location, is not in a position to make calls at will. He could have been the most appropriate opponent for Tyson Fury if he would have defended the belts against Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021.

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Nevertheless, ‘AJ’ is miles away from demanding a shot at Fury right now, and Dillian Whyte has toppled everyone to have his chance against ‘The Gypsy King’. That said, Anthony Joshua wants to see a massive upset happen when Fury and Whyte would collide in the ring.

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Speaking exclusively with the iFL TV, Anthony Joshua said, “I’m rooting for Dillian. Even though I hate him and I wanna smash him one of these days. Go on Dillian, I’m with you all the way.”

Anthony Joshua was the first man to vanquish Dillian Whyte in a professional boxing affair. They locked horns in 2015 and offered an entertaining scrap, which ended with Joshua knocking out Whyte in round seven. Besides, both men shared a heated altercation in mid rounds, which increased the intensity of the bout.

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Almost seven years after the fight, Whyte seemingly holds better numbers than Joshua. His current pro-record stands at 28-2, while Joshua stands at 24-2. But ‘AJ’ has been a 2x unified heavyweight world champion, whereas Whyte is yet to taste gold in his career. That said AJ already sees it as a prime reason why Whyte will be ‘hungrier’ against Tyson Fury.

Anthony Joshua–Dillian Whyte- Tyson Fury- The Brit trio is dominating the heavyweight boxing scene

British heavyweights are all over dominating the current scenario, with several youngsters like Daniel Dubois also moving rapidly towards a world title shot. Meanwhile, Tyson Fury is still at the top of everyone.

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Having knocked out Deontay Wilder, he looks likely to outshine Dillian Whyte in-ring. Although it’s hard to predict an outcome in heavyweight boxing, Fury is still the favorite over Whyte.

Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

However, Anthony Joshua is not very far from re-entering the scene. If he beats Usyk in a potential re-match, AJ’ will once again be the big dog of the heavyweight division. After that, he can move towards an undisputed fight against the winner of Fury vs Whyte, which cites a bright future for heavyweight boxing as a whole.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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