Anthony Joshua: I Asked For Dillian Whyte After Pulev Withdrew

IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) revealed that he immediately requested a rematch with Dillian Whyte in the wake of Kubrat Pulev's withdrawal from their scheduled fight on October 28 in Cardiff.

Pulev with ultimately replaced by Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KOs) on twelve days notice.

Joshua and Whyte have a long standing rivalry. Whyte defeated Joshua in 2009, when they were both amateurs. They collided in the ring in December of 2015, with Joshua getting rocked early on, but then storming forward to stop Whyte in the seventh round.


Whyte (21-1, 16 KOs) is already scheduled to appear on the undercard of Joshua's card, in a bout against Robert Helenius in a WBC world title eliminator. A victory will get Whyte a little closer to one of his goals, a showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs).

Joshua felt that a rematch with Whyte would have generated instant fireworks for the expected crowd of over 70,000 in Principality.

"Dillian was the first person I asked to fight in Cardiff, because the two people who brought the best out of me entertainment-wise were Dillian and Klitschko," Joshua told Nick Parkinson.

"Klitschko, I was buzzing for a rematch because of the type of fight it was, it was great. Dillian, the same reason, it was just a buzz, everyone had a good time. Let's look back at certain careers -- if you can pick memorable nights Dillian would be one and Klitschko would be one. Out of my career there should be four or five memorable nights and we've already ticked off two."

But promoter Eddie Hearn has other ideas for Whyte. He is aggressively pushing to get Whyte in the ring with Wilder in February, and then the winner could face Joshua.

"Dillian has a good fight against Helenius, but if Dillian wins I'd like to see him fight Wilder," said Hearn. "AJ will have a fight in March or something like that, then we fight the winner of Wilder-Whyte in the summer for the unification."

Wilder would still have to overcome Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) in their scheduled rematch on November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chrismart on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=Kigali;18160979]Excuses excuses[/QUOTE] Ever the angry head. [IMG][/IMG] [COLOR="White"].......... [/COLOR]

Comment by Kigali on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=Chrismart;18156579]Yep i agree. He gets paid as do his two guys. [B]Wilder wins against Whyte on Uk soil and it adds more ££ to the Wilder Vs Joshua fight.[/B] As well as Hearn and Whyte getting paid for the Wilder…

Comment by Vinnykin on 10-25-2017

[QUOTE=RememberTUA?;18160342]Joshua wanted aj again you fool!! Stick your boxing politics up your a$$ b!tch, fvck your a side b side bull$h!t, I understand its about money but its still boxing and one champ needs to fight the next. You are…

Comment by RememberTUA? on 10-24-2017

[QUOTE=Vinnykin;18155165]Saying that shows an ignorance to how boxing and promotion works. Wilder is calling out Joshua while he is contacted by the IBF to fulfil his mandatory (both Pulev and Takam are better than any of Wilder's opponents). You have…

Comment by Chrismart on 10-23-2017

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;18154423]What Hearn says is logical from his point of view. he wants Wilder to fight 2 of his guys, not only one.[/QUOTE] Yep i agree. He gets paid as do his two guys. Wilder wins against Whyte on Uk soil…

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