“Joshua’s Not The Same”
Dillian Whyte’s verbal warfare against anyone with a world heavyweight championship continues, as he believes former opponent Anthony Joshua will never be the same aggressive fighter he once was.
Whyte, who was knocked out by the two-time Olympic gold medalist during their first pro meeting, believes after Joshua’s first pro loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, that he won’t be the same.
“We’ve seen this before – Lennox Lewis was an aggressive fighter on the front foot but got knocked out by Hasim Rahman, then changed his style,” Whyte exclusively told Sky Sports. People forget Wladimir Klitschko was one of the most aggressive heavyweights for a long time, but he got done by Ross Puritty, Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster then changed his style.
“Joshua will be the same… Tall heavyweights start their careers very aggressively, but then? Even Deontay Wilder, when he was clocked a couple of times by Luis Ortiz, thought ‘I’m just going to wait’.”
Whyte insists that Joshua has shown weaknesses in prior defenses against Carlos Takam, Alexander Povetkin, and Joseph Parker, that he was cagy and not wanting to get hit.
“I’m here, I’m ready to fight, if he wants to fight me, the fight can happen. He’s a good fighter and a good champion, but he talks a lot of rubbish most of the time,” Whyte said of Joshua, who is set to fight Kubrat Pulev later this year.
“Him, Wilder, Fury, they all talk the same rubbish. He says one thing and then he backtracks and says another thing. At least I’m consistent with what I say, and I do what I say.
“One minute he says ‘I’m going to spar with Fury’ and then the next minute he says ‘if it works in my schedule’. When Fury said ‘yes, if it works in my schedule’. He just talks rubbish, man.”
“I would come out and set about him,” he said about facing Joshua in a rematch. “The first time we fought, we were amateurs. The second time [my then-trainer] Johnathon Banks told me: ‘Box him, stretch him out, let him gas.'”
“That was the wrong strategy, now I look back. I should have been more aggressive in the early rounds because while I was boxing, he was being aggressive… Then I got tired. So I should have just gone for him. If I fought him again, I would press him.”