Dillian Whyte Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has urged Dillian Whyte to find his finishing instinct after a shock defeat by Alexander Povetkin. Whyte was knocked out by Povetkin in five rounds on Saturday after flooring the Russian twice in round four
It ends the 32-year-old’s immediate hopes of a world-title shot against WBC champion Tyson Fury but Joshua is open to facing Whyte if he wins a rematch.“As long as I am champion he always has a chance,” Joshua told 5 Live Boxing.“I’ll fight Dillian any day of the week,” added Joshua, in an interview that will be available in Monday’s 5 Live Boxing Podcast.
“I offered Dillian to fight me in 2019 before I fought Andy Ruiz Jr. He turned it down. Dillian, if you want that world title shot and I haven’t got any obligations, then come and get this work.”Joshua is the only other man to beat Whyte, back in 2015. But, in reality, the likelihood of them meeting again any time soon is slim in the wake of Povetkin’s upset win.
Whyte had been in line for a shot at WBC champion Fury or Deontay Wilder, whom Fury is due to fight for a third time later this year. Instead, with Whyte now likely to face Povetkin again, it creates a clearer path for Fury and IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua to fight for all four world heavyweight belts.