Dillian Whyte reveals the three qualities needed to beat Anthony Joshua


A week before the heavyweight battle between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Dillian Whyte has provided his view on the best way to beat the British world champion. 

Few people give Parker a chance against the world No.1 heavyweight AJ, who boasts a record of 20 KOs from as many professional fights, although his Kiwi opponent should not be underestimated - as his unbeaten speaks for itself.

As a man who knows how to hurt Joshua, Whyte thinks there are three qualities needed to beat AJ.

In their amateur fight in 2009, Whyte floored Joshua and eventually beat him on a three-round points decision.

In 2015, the pair clashed again, this time in the professional ring and Whyte was knocked out in the seventh round but gave Joshua plenty of problems.

And while Whyte insists he knows what it takes to beat world champion Joshua, he doesn't believe the WBO champion Parker has the skillset required to cause an upset.

"I think Parker will get smashed to bits," Whyte predicted for ESPN.

"I think Parker will be lucky to go six rounds. He hasn't got enough in his arsenal. Parker's strength will be his downfall in this fight.

"He hasn't got great defence or power and to beat Joshua you have to be one of three things.

"You have to be a very good, talented boxer. Two, you have to be very powerful, and three you have to be super fit and super strong and tough. I don't think Parker is any of them.

"You'll have to soak up a lot of punishment against Joshua at some point and also when you hit him you need to react when he goes into his shell.

"You saw that against me and Klitschko, when he got hit and thought I don't like this and froze. That's when you have to take your chance. But Parker will not be able to make him miss."

It's no secret that Whyte is after a rematch with Joshua, a fight that many fans and both fighters would like to happen in the future.


The 29-year-old certainly put himself into a solid world title shot position after his impressive KO victory over Australian Lucas Browne at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

As far as ranking is concerned, only Alexander Povetkin is better placed than Whyte to face AJ while he is the WBC's no.1 contender to face Deontay Wilder.

Povetkin is due to face England's David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard and the Russian will be looking to retain his No.1 position with the WBA and WBO to secure a title fight later this year.

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