Anthony Joshua Reveals Why Dillian Whyte Is His Most Favorite KO

Published 02/02/2021, 11:00 AM EST


Starting from Wladimir Klitschko to Kubrat Pulev, unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has many notable knockouts under his name. However, he bills the KO against Dillian Whyte as the favorite.

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Joshua and Whyte collided against each other at amateur where ‘The Body Snatcher’ walked away with a win. However, Joshua avenged the loss with a seventh-round KO when they met again at the professional level. It was sweet revenge for ‘AJ’ as he silenced a loudmouth in Dillian Whyte who sparked several scratchy remarks in the build-up.

Meanwhile, Joshua recalled their history since their amateur days and revealed the entire journey that propelled him to knockout Dillian Whyte.

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Revealing his favorite KO to Sporting News Australia, ‘AJ’ said, “The favorite knockout that stands out for me? Probably, I go back to the Dillian one. Sweet. Because that was like, you know… when I first started boxing I was just in Finchley. And you hear little things where the coaches are like, ‘Oh, this geezer. If he has a little sneeze, he’ll pull out of the fight and say he’s got the flu. He’s not a serious guy’, And this and that.”

Joshua further stated that Dillian Whyte had always spat verbal venom on him since their amateur days. AJ’ also claimed of being threatened by ‘The Body Snatcher’ to get bet up in the professional unit. But ‘AJ’ never dived into the Internet banter. Instead, he schooled Whyte in their in-ring collision.

Speaking on it, Joshua added, “So that fight was now like, ‘All of that internet stuff you’ve been talking, now you’re facing the real one.’ And then it was like north London, south London, Watford, south London.”

Will Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte fight again?

According to the ongoing heavyweight title picture, Joshua and Whyte can lock horns again. However, ‘AJ’ has hinted at retirement after a few more fights. So, it puts the rematch into jeopardy. Whyte has lost his WBC mandatory spot to Alexander Povetkin on August and is looking to regain it in the upcoming rematch.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 24: Dillian Whyte celebrates his sixth round knockout victory over Lucas Browne during their WBC Silver Heavyweight Championship at The O2 Arena on March 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua seems to fight Tyson Fury for a heavyweight title unification next. If both Whye and Joshua win their upcoming fight, WBO’s mandatory challenger can replace Whyte.

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According to WBO reports, Oleksandr Usyk and Joe Joyce will fight for the WBO Interim title. Meanwhile, Whyte and Povetkin will fight for the WBC Interim strap. So, there’s a lot in store for the time to predict a rematch between ‘AJ’ and ‘The Body Snatcher’.

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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