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Whyte: Joshua's Team Might Not Want This Smoke Right Now

Dillian Whyte wants a "decider" against Anthony Joshua sooner rather than later but is unsure if his fellow heavyweight's team are keen for the duo to fight next.

The long-running rivalry between the pair stretches back to a meeting in the amateurs, with Whyte recording a knockdown on his way to a points win.

However, Joshua - who went on to claim a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games before turning pro - triumphed in the paid ranks three years ago, recording a seventh-round stoppage to be crowned British champion.

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Whyte stated his desire to avenge that loss immediately after beating Dereck Chisora last weekend, even though IBF, WBA, IBO and WBO champion Joshua is prioritising a unification clash with Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC title.

Appearing on Sky Sports' Soccer AM show on Saturday, the 30-year-old doubted whether Joshua's camp are willing to take a gamble in the near future, instead opting to look for "easier paydays" in the division.

"We've been trying to make the fight behind the scenes for a while. We've been trying to speak," Whyte said. "We were meant to hear after Wilder and Tyson Fury, what's happening, but we've heard nothing."

When asked why the fight was not already sorted for a date in 2019, Whyte responded: "I don't know, this is a business, and he's thinking Dillian is a potential problem, there's other easier paydays out there, so let's see.

"It will happen eventually, but I think it should happen now, because I'm in a good place now.

"Last time we fought I had a lot of issues, injuries and stuff, and I almost nailed him last time. I think he's seen my power is returning, I'm getting in better physical shape, I'm much more composed, as crazy as I was a couple years ago.

"He might want to fight, I want to fight, but I think his team is looking at it thinking: 'You know what, we don't need this Dillian Whyte smoke right now.'

"I want to fight Joshua, we've got history, this would be the third time. He's won one, I've won one. This would be the decider."

Joshua is scheduled to box at Wembley on April 13, though the identity of his opponent is yet to be confirmed.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jax teller on 01-05-2019

[QUOTE=Jkp;19408971]Why bring up Wilder ? That's not even relevant.[/QUOTE] It's very relevant to compare to provide perspective.

Comment by Jkp on 01-04-2019

[QUOTE=Jax teller;19406866]That was when Molina stepped in for Klitschko as he was injured and they tried feeding Dave Allen to Ortiz to make him look like a killer to make hype for the AJ fight which failed as Ortiz was…

Comment by Phenom on 01-03-2019

Fight is not going to sell and they know that DAZN probably don't even want that fight seen how they passed on Matchroom uk last ppv fight

Comment by Jax teller on 01-03-2019

[QUOTE=Jkp;19405877]Aj ortiz were on same fight card, but Eddie made them fight awful mismatched bums instead of fighting each other. Says it all really.[/QUOTE] That was when Molina stepped in for Klitschko as he was injured and they tried feeding…

Comment by Jkp on 01-03-2019

[QUOTE=Jax teller;19405224]When was AJ supposed to have fought him? Should he have skipped a unification to fight Ortiz, or not fought a mando and vacated for him?[/QUOTE] Aj ortiz were on same fight card, but Eddie made them fight awful…

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