Anthony Joshua could face Dillian Whyte next – 5 Live Boxing


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Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would possibly well maybe well most certainly face fellow British fighter Dillian Whyte subsequent, affirm the BBC Radio 5 Dwell Boxing crew.

Joshuareclaimed his three world titlesby beating Andy Ruiz Jr on choices in a rematch in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The 30-twelve months-pale previously beat Whyte, 31, in 2015.

The WBO acknowledged Joshua must now face wanted challenger Oleksandr Usyk while IBF equivalent Kubrat Pulev is any other doable subsequent opponent.

Nevertheless BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello, boxing expert Steve Bunce and former immense-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall all acknowledged on the 5 Dwell Boxing podcast that a rematch in opposition to Whyte would possibly well maybe well most certainly be Joshua’s first strive in opposition to in 2020.

Whyte beat Joshua as an newbie in 2009 and his only legit defeat in 28 bouts used to bea seventh-round knockout by his fellow Britonat the O2 Enviornment in London.

After having a price for a doping violation dropped by UK Anti-Doping on Friday,Whyte beat Poland’s Mariusz Wachon a unanimous choices option on the undercard of the Joshua-Ruiz bout in Riyadh.

“Dillian Whyte at Wembley subsequent twelve months makes the total sense on this planet,” acknowledged Bunce after Woodhall and Costello every instantaneous the all-British strive in opposition to.

“Ukad possess cleared him, Whyte and Joshua possess obtained an pale crimson meat – that’s most keen.”

Dillian Whyte is unbeaten since dropping to Anthony Joshua in 2015

WBC champion Deontay Wilder is residing to face Britain’s Tyson Fury in a rematch on 22 February.

Joshua acknowledged he is now not any longer any longer keen about calling out American Wilder for a strive in opposition to with all four world titles on the toll road however will strive in opposition to Wilder and Fury “if the change gifts itself”.

“As soon as their rematch is out of the manner they can starting up declaring my name,” he acknowledged.

“I can not sustain on combating the total champions, the one within the division after which utterly different other folks that affirm they must step up don’t step up.

“All challengers are welcome to procure on this novel unified champion.”

Costello acknowledged Joshua’s take over Ruiz and the true fact many bookmakers were providing attain even odds in any contest in opposition to Wilder or Fury showed he used to be “inspire on the high desk” after his shock defeat by Ruiz in June.

“We are on the cusp, most certainly, of getting this immense heavyweight period that now we possess been talking about for so long over the subsequent two years,” he added.

Joshua used to be supposed to face Pulev in Cardiff in October 2017 however the Bulgarian withdrew thru harm and used to be changed by Carlos Takam, whoJoshua stopped in round 10.

Bunce moreover acknowledged Joshua would possibly well maybe well most certainly successfully “strive in opposition to a man like Pulev subsequent” earlier than most certainly facing the winner of a bout between Usyk and Britain’s Dereck Chisora within the summer season after which a third strive in opposition to in November or December.

Joshua acknowledged on Sunday that defending his belts “on home soil would be monumental files” after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he had been in discussions over a strive in opposition to at Tottenham’s fresh 60,000-skill stadium, most certainly in opposition to Pulev.

“It would be mega,” Joshua added. “Having a peek at what number of of us got right here out right here reveals there would possibly well be smooth a massive hobby within the heavyweight division, especially now we’re taking the belts inspire.

“Infrequently it would possibly well per chance well well most certainly even be higher in opposition to a Brit, however if no longer I notice the mandatories and protect them that manner.”

No topic the opponent, Woodhall acknowledged Joshua’s subsequent strive in opposition to “is now not any longer going to be too distant” because he has a “actually feel-lawful ingredient” after beating Ruiz.

“He’s obtained that starvation inspire and he needs to sustain boxing because he knows that if he’s boxing continually, he’s boxing at his only.”

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