After months of hype and buildup, the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua superfight for the undisputed heavyweight crown has been indefinitely postponed with Deontay Wilder winning his arbitration case for his trilogy with Fury.
As of now, Fury and Wilder are set to square off for the third time, and the fight will take place take place on 24th July at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas after the “Bronze Bomber” recently activated the dispute resolution provision which was included in the two fight contract he signed with the Gypsy King earlier, and the arbitrator has ruled in the favor of Wilder.
While Fury’s return to the ring will be against Wilder, but for AJ, the cancellation of his four belt fight against Fury doesn’t mean that the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titleholder will sit idle for too long, as Dillian Whyte has stepped in the scene, asking for his Joshua rematch.
Joshua and Whyte’s first encounter dates all the way back to 12th December 2015 at the O2 Arena, where Joshua picked up a 7th round TKO win, defending his BC International and Commonwealth heavyweight titles as well as clinching the vacant British heavyweight belt.
The loss at the hands of Joshua remains Whyte’s first professional career defeat. Only Povetkin was able to trounce “The Body Snatcher” for the second time last year, but Whyte was able to avenge that loss on 27th March this year, regaining his WBC interim status. No wonder, the 33-year-old is eager to settle the scores with his compatriot AJ as well.
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Whyte wants Joshua, but is it possible right away?
During a live session on Instagram on Monday, Whyte’s trainer Xavier Miller insisted that the Briton would be facing the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3. However, Whyte expressed the different plan he has in mind.
“We want Wilder vs. Fury 3 winner,” said Miller, to which Whyte immediately intervened, “no, I want AJ now next.”
However, it is unlikely that the Joshua vs Whyte fight will be held anytime soon. Unlike AJ, Whyte is not popular outside the UK and AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who was joyous to see Fury vs Joshua heading for Saudi Arabia, will not be eager to host the Joshua vs Whyte in their homeland.
Moreover, Whyte will have to earn WBC mandatory position and for a title eliminator fight, his potential options would be the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr, Joseph Parker, Joe Joyce or Luis Ortiz. Aomg them, Ortiz is the one who has expressed the desire for a Whyte face off.