Former Anthony Joshua opponent Dillian Whyte will be a keen observer of his rival’s fight with Alexander Povetkin this weekend – as he could very well be in line to face Joshua next April 13th at Wembley stadium.
The date is penciled in for Joshua regardless of the outcome of this weekend.
It’s being tentatively kept for a Deontay Wilder showdown (provided Wilder beats Fury) but if that doesn’t come off, a Dillian Whyte rematch for Joshua is the most plausible scenario at the moment.
Whyte knows a thing or two about Joshua having fought him in the amateur rankings where he won and in the pro ranks where Joshua won.
He rocked Joshua with the left hook in their fight a few years ago and some have pointed to the Povetkin left hook on Saturday as being a similar danger weapon for Joshua to watch out for.
Whyte doesn’t think so however.
Speaking on TV on Sky Sports News he said:
“It’s a great fight but I believe AJ is not what Povetkin was a few years ago and possibly better as well, and bigger and stronger. I see AJ stopping him inside the first five or six rounds.”
“I think it’s going to be a good fight. Povetkin is tough and he’s experienced, I just think too much mileage on the clock and at 39 years old, you’re going up against someone who’s 28, he’s unified champion, he’s got a lot of confidence and he’s improving constantly. Povetkin has plateaued out. Povetkin is where he is. He’s never going to get any better. If anything he’s going to get worse and worse.”
There you have it.
Whyte appears to be very confident that Joshua will go through Povetkin this weekend.
Joshua has promised to return to his exciting style of boxing in this fight and look to take Povetkin out.