Boxing Preview – Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte

Boxing Preview – Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte

Boxing Preview –  Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte

This Saturday presents an action-filled night of professional Boxing from the UK and overseas. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports will be hosting the card which everyone will have their eyes on as it is a pay-per-view card boasting plenty of big-name bouts. The card features Paulie Malignaggi competing for an EU welterweight title, the return of Dereck Chisora and Kevin Mitchell competing for the chance to take on Anthony Crolla in a huge domestic World championship bout next year. Finally, we shift our attention to the main event. The bout of the evening poses a high-odds match-up between two of England’s up-and-coming heavyweights. Anthony Joshua seeks to continue his meteoric rise as he takes on arch rival, Dillian Whyte.

Regardless of what happened in the past, Anthony Joshua has clearly developed. We will be backing this fight to end in under 3.5 rounds at odds of 11/20 with 888sport. Click here or the banner below to sign up for ‘Treble the Odds’ on your first bet!

Anthony Joshua is recklessly being tipped as one of the most exciting heavyweight prospects since Mike Tyson. That’s quite a critical acclaim, but also very warranted. The former Olympic gold medalist has been on a demolition course since turning professional in 2013. The man from Watford has fought 14 times and has a perfect 14 wins, all by stoppage. Joshua fought twice in May 2015 on his return from a back injury. He stopped Raphael Zumbano Love in the second round early in May, followed by being the first person to stop Kevin Johnson, finishing him in the second round in late May. He most recently stopped Gary Cornish in September 2015, finishing him swiftly in the first round.

It goes without saying that Anthony Joshua has firmly established himself by having some dangerous power and knockout potential. This was highlighted by stopping Kevin Johnson very quickly, something that other 36 men could not do. He’s very quick, he loads up well on his punches and combinations. His movement is swift from top-to-bottom. His Boxing pedigree is fantastic through his gliterring amatuer career. The only criticism is that sometimes, his jab is too lax, but he quickly amended that after having advice given to him by one of the best heayweight champions ever, Larry Holmes.

Dillian Whyte brings something to this fight which no one else on this globe can. That’s a win over Anthony Joshua. Back in 2009 in the amatuers, these two faced off and Whyte managed to drop Joshua several times before earning a decision victory. That’s quite a name to have on the resume. Obviously both have developed since then, but mentally, it’s debatable that Whyte has the edge going into this fight looking very overwhelmed, which might play to his favour. Whyte earned a fourth round stoppage over Beka Lobjanidze in February 2015. He then went on to stop Irineu Beato Costa Junior in the first round in the first round in August 2015. He most recently fought through an injured shoulder, destroying Brian Minto in three rounds in September 2015. He has 16 wins and 13 stoppages on his record.


Joshua and Whyte both go into this fight with similar attributes. Whyte again has bundles of power. He utilised his power in a more puncher/brawler method. He can get very violent when forcing his way into the inner-stance and I feel that’s something that will benefit him if he managed to do this against Joshua. This is because he has a smaller frame and will likely be able to manouvere better around the big frame of Joshua. Despite his amatuer career, his Boxing ability isn’t of the same standard as Joshua’s, hence why he goes in on more of a brawler tactic.

This is definitely Anthony Joshua’s toughest test yet and I feel it’s slightly unfair that his challenger, Dillan Whyte, isn’t getting the same acclaim, simply because he didn’t get the Olympic following that Anthony Joshua got. He still had a great amatuer record which included the win over Joshua. Whyte is managing to match Joshua mentally in the build-up and even physically when it comes to his condition going into this bout which make it all the more interesting. I think the animosity between these two will see fireworks from the start and to me, that spells out an early finish. Simply because his Boxing doesn’t allow him to defend himself effectively, I think Whyte falls victim to another Anthony Joshua stoppage in three rounds or under. Anthony Joshua to win by stoppage in the early rounds.

Dan Glozier.

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