The pair will meet each other for a rematch following their first encounter in 2015 when Joshua walked away with a seventh-round-stoppage win.
Meanwhile, Whyte holds a victory over Joshua in the amateurs. And yet, from the outset, a fight might not have materialized.
Whyte expressed dissatisfaction with a rematch clause, which Joshua dropped, as the fight was eventually signed.
Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte will rematch on Aug. 12 at The O2 in London, sources tell ESPN. DAZN PPV in U.K.; DAZN in U.S. If AJ wins, the fight could serve as a prelude to a bout with Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia. Joshua scored a TKO 7 over Whyte in December 2015.
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With that being said, both fighters will be looking to bounce back and make a statement following their recent losses.
In the same way, Whyte secured an unconvincing win over Franklin after Tyson Fury knocked him out.
However, with all eyes on the main event, Joshua must secure victory to keep a mega fight with Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia alive.
“I’ve been clear that my plan is to be active this year. August 12 is the date. I’ll be ready to fight. I look forward to dealing with business,” Joshua
“I’m looking forward to returning to the London O2 on August 12 and going to war. It’s 1-1 so this is the decider,” Whyte
“I can’t quite believe this fight is happening and there was absolutely no stopping either man. The rivalry runs deep and there is something about these two where they will never back down from each other.
“At times it may have looked like a game of bluff but now we are set and with everything that’s on the line this is an absolute must win for both. Just like the first time at The O2, get ready for fireworks August 12,” Hearn