Anthony Joshua apparently has no qualms facing one of his previous ring victims for his next fight.
The former heavyweight champion from London was originally in talks to face WBC heavyweight titlist Tyson Fury for an all-British super fight in December, but negotiations quickly unraveled, despite both fighters agreeing to principal terms. Fury is now heading into a third fight with Derek Chisora on Dec. 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Joshua, meanwhile, is currently without an opponent.
His promoter, Eddie Hearn, has floated Dillian Whyte as a potential opponent for Joshua’s ring return sometime in the first quarter of next year. Whyte would not exactly represent new territory for Joshua, as he brutally stopped the Jamaican-born Briton in the seventh round of their non-title encounter back in the 2015.
Joshua, who has been eager to get back to his winning ways after dropping a second consecutive fight to WBO, IBO, WBA, and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk in August, said recently that he would fully embrace a rematch with Whyte.
“You know what it is? It is best that you do speak to me because I can say it from the horse’s mouth,” Joshua told iFL TV. “It could be, but don’t hold me to the cross the things I say. The game’s forever changing. It’s also whatever Dillian wants to do as well.
“Would I fight Dillian again? Yes, 100%.”
Whyte (28-3, 19 KOs) is currently scheduled to face Jermaine Franklin of Michigan on Nov. 26 at Wembley Arena. Whyte is coming off a knockout loss to Fury in April. Hearn has said that Franklin (21-0, 14 KOs) would become the frontrunner to fight Joshua in his comeback fight if he defeats Whyte.
Hearn has also suggested that southpaw Swede Otto Wallin could be a potential opponent for Joshua.
Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) admitted that he was dismayed with the protracted nature of his negotiations with Fury. Still, the heavyweight maintained he is optimistic that a fight between him and Fury will eventually materialize.
“Fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world (against Fury) was a big opportunity for me. After just coming off of a loss, as well … it was annoying that it didn’t happen,” Joshua said. “And, yes, it’s annoying, so that’s why I decided after that there’s too much back and forth. When I’m ready to ride again, I’ll ride out proper. I’ll ride until the wheels fall off next time out, in the sense that I’ve got myself a time frame and a duration, I got a hit list and I’ll rock and roll.”