Whyte Will Still Fight AJ, Even in Loss to Ruiz
Even if Anthony Joshua loses to Andy Ruiz in their unified heavyweight title rematch on December 7, he will still have at least one man willing to fight him: Dillian Whyte.
Joshua will be rematching with Ruiz after their initial June 1 fight, which saw Ruiz pull off arguably boxing’s greatest upset since James “Buster” Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990. After Joshua dropped Ruiz in the third round, Ruiz came back to drop Joshua twice in the same round and twice again in the seventh round en route to a TKO win. The fight marked Joshua’s first loss as a pro.
Meanwhile, Whyte defeated Oscar Rivas by decision in July to become interim WBC heavyweight champion and mandatory challenger to the world strap held by Deontay Wilder — after spending more than 600 days as No. 1 contender. Whyte, however, was provisionally suspended for a failed drug test — one he was recently cleared of wrongdoing.
Whyte returns on the Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 undercard against Mariusz Wach.
Joshua and Whyte were rumored to fight in Winter 2019, not long after Whyte knocked out Dereck Chisora in their rematch last year. Negotiations, however, fell through, which led to the June 1 Madison Square Garden booking.
Whyte, however, insists he and Joshua are on good terms, and he even offered words of encouragement to his fellow Brit, who’s looking to get gold back.
“I just said good luck, keep your head together,” Whyte told Sky Sports. “Don’t worry about what people are saying. Go and win the belts and let’s dust-up again in England and have a major fight. We’re one apiece, let’s dust-up again, and the winner of that can dust-up again. He said, yeah you’re right bro, thanks for the support and whatever, and he just cracked on and said good luck.
“We’ve got mutual respect for each other. I want to see him succeed and he definitely wants to see me succeed as well, definitely. We’re both young guys doing well, who have come from nothing.”
We’ll dust-up time and time again. If me and him fight 100 times, it’s going to be a dust-up. If Joshua loses his next 10 fights, I’ll still fight him, because he’s just one of those guys I like to fight. We enjoy fighting each other.
Original Story: Sky Sports