Throwback: Dillian Whyte vs Anthony Joshua Amateur Fight

Published 03/24/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua are well-known names in the boxing world. Whyte is a true gem of the sport and as of 2020, he has won three fights rated by BoxRec as 5-Star.

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Needless to say, he has a vast list of accomplishments and is regarded as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the game.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Dillian Whyte celebrates victory over Derek Chisora after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora at The O2 Arena on December 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Joshua’s skills are nothing but a visual treat for fans’ eyes. Coming to his position as of April 2020, Joshua is ranked as the world’s second-best active heavyweight by The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.

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His list of achievements also includes two unified world heavyweight championships, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles since December 2019, and previously between 2016 and June 2019

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 03: Michael Hunter shadow boxes ahead of the WBA World Heavyweight Title Elimnator fight between Alexander Povetkin and Michael Hunter during the Clash On The Dunes Public Work Out at Public at the Investment Fund office complex on December 03, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The duo has a history right from their amateur fighting years, and the vibe is seemingly continuing to this day. Their amateur boxing fight was held in the year 2009 and is considered to be one of the biggest fights for the boxers.

Dillian Whyte vs Anthony Joshua In 2009

Whyte and Joshua’s historical amateur fight is the talk of the boxing world even now. They both came against each other in the year 2009, and the video of their face-off still attracts a huge number of viewers. The entire bout was completely one-sided, and it was clearly a win-win situation for Whyte.

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One can evidently see how Joshua has improved from that day and how Whyte continues to be hard and bold with his punches. Whyte was a clear winner of the fight and dominated his opponent throughout the bout.

Joshua has learned a lot from his amateur fight, and this is what he said in one of his interviews:- ‘The fight was six years ago and I still watch it back. I last watched it three of four months ago. ‘It’s not on my to-do list in the preparation this time around but it’s probably something I might just see and laugh at, that’s all. When I watch it I just think, “What was I doing here, what was I doing there?

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‘If I would have known that what I did then would have had such a big impact now, I wish I would have done something different. But it’s all irrelevant because we are here now and I am who I am now, I’m not who I was then.’

When the duo went up against each other in 2015, Joshua dominated Whyte throughout the bout and was a clear winner. Whyte and Joshua are definitely the best in the game, and a lot of their potential will be seen in their upcoming fights.

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Abhilasha Singh is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her post-graduation from The University of Texas in Austin, she combines her keen eye for details and her love for the sport to give readers pristine content on everything UFC. Abhilasha is a hardcore fan of Amanda Nunes, Georges St Pierre, and Stipe Miocic, but Conor McGregor is the one who tops her list.

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