Anthony Joshua will face, fellow Brit and amateur conquerer, Dillian Whyte later in the year, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
At the end of June, Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn caused a wave of speculation when he announced that Anthony Joshua would be withdrawn from the July 18th card in Manchester, to allow him to focus on a “major title bout” in September.
At the time a whole host of name opponents were under consideration. Mariusz Wach and Tony Thompson looked among the most likely. Another possibility was undefeated Brit Dillian Whyte.
Whyte’s was a name that had been on Hearn’s lips for some time, but that domestic dust up seemed like it might be a little further down the line. A fight between Joshua and a man who dropped and beat him in the amateurs seemed like one that should be allowed to marinate. Hearn, however, obviously feels that Joshua doesn’t need to be waiting around, because on Thursday he announced that the all-British clash was a done deal.
As of yet, the date has not been set.
Though the talk had originally been of a September 12th showdown, Whyte has been inactive this year due to a hand injury, thus the fight has been moved to later in the year, either November or December, to accommodate him. This delay will allow the south Londoner to fit in a tune up fight on August 1st, against an opponent to be announced.
Joshua will also take an interim fight, as he will remain on the September 12th bill, as scheduled.
To add further luster to this exciting heavyweight attraction, the vacant British heavyweight title will be on the line.
This is a fight with many layers. Both fighters are British, in fact both are Londoners, they are both undefeated, they have a history, there seems to be some bad blood bubbling between them, and the British title is on the line.
It is a tantalizing concoction of factors that should make for a massive event.
Check out the pair’s fight in the amateurs, skip to 2:55 for the knockdown.