On December 12th Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte meet for the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles in a highly anticipated bout at the sold out 02 Arena in London, screened live on Pay Per View on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
AJ and Whyte have history as former amateur rivals where Whyte dropped AJ on route to a points victory early in their amateur careers. A lot has changed however since the pair first met with Joshua going on to become a decorated amateur claiming the gold medal for Great Britain at the Olympic Games held in London, 2012. Much has been made of this early bout in 2008 which was Joshua’s third amateurs contest and although Whyte claims it was his first he came from a successful kickboxing background so he was hardly a novice entering into the contest. Although much has been made of it I believe it will have no bearing on the outcome of the upcoming contest as the Olympic gold medalist has since developed physically into what can only be described as beastly and has knocked out everyone of his opponents in his 14 fights in the paid ranks, while Whyte has not progressed like his opponent although he has clinched 13 knockouts in his 16 victories.
Both men come into the contest untested and although AJ has faced names such as Kevin Johnson he was well past his best. Both men come into the fight on the back of knockout victories Anthony against the undefeated Gary Cornish and Dillian against Brian Minto. This bout showed that if Whyte were to derail the man touted to become a future world champion he would have to sure up his defence as the relatively smaller Minto was able to land with ease on the Brixton man while the two stone lighter mans punches may have had no great impact one would be led to believe Joshua allowed to land his right hand with the same ease he would be in for another short night. On the other hand it could be argued that Whyte was aware that the punches would not trouble him and I assume he will have a very different game plan for AJ. I do however hope that Whyte will cause trouble for his amateur rival and so we can get a chance to learn more about the Olympic champion as we have not yet got the chance to evaluate his defence or indeed his boxing on the back foot.
Many view this fight as a step up for Anthony put I do not see it that way as if anything it’s a step up for Whyte who does not hold the same amateur pedigree and although both men haven’t faced world beaters I believe the names on AJ’s record are vastly superior to those of his opponent.
My prediction would be another knock out victory for the Matchroom promoted fighter as for me he is in my opinion a level above Whyte. The bookmakers here in the UK reflect my opinion as Paddy Power list Joshua as a heavy favourite at 1/18 while Dillian is a rank outsider at 15/2 while a Joshua knockout win is as short as 1/9. Some will saw I am jumping on the AJ band wagon but I believe he will deal with Whyte with relative ease on December 12th and continue with his journey to the top.