Dillian Whyte Expects June Return Before Joshua Bout In The Last Quarter Of 2023
Dillian Whyte was in attendance at the sold-out O2 Arena on Saturday when Anthony Joshua scored a 12-round unanimous decision win (Scores of 118-111 and 117-111 x2) over American Jermaine Franklin.
Whyte immediately called for a bout with Joshua after the fight, criticising his rival’s performance. Whyte has a win over AJ going back to the amateurs but it was the 2012 Olympic gold medalist that emerged victorious when they met in the pro ranks in 2015.
‘The Bodysnatcher’ believes the score is 1-1 and told Sky Sports Boxing that he wants the trilogy bout with the 33-year-old from Watford. “British rivalries sell and this is a genuine rivalry. This is a trilogy so why not do it?”
The former WBC title challenger doesn’t think a fight with AJ will materialise until December anyway and will like to get another fight in first. “His nose is all bust up and splattered so he won’t be able to fight until September/October time maybe even December so that works better for me, I get one in June and then we can fight October/December.”
Whyte shortlisted three potential opponents he could face next, stating that the options were limited for his summer bout. “I’d love to fight in June. Chisora 3 is good, Carlos Takam is good, Pulev is there.”
A trilogy bout between Whyte and Derek Chisora has been rumoured for the last week or so and now looks to be a possibility. Carlos Takam upset 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka last month in Paris. Kubrat Pulev hasn’t fought since his loss to Chisora last July.
Matchroom is in need of a headliner for their June 10 show and it may well be Dillian Whyte.