They started off as the most bitter of rivals. From their early battles in amateur boxing to one of the most thrilling fights held at the O2 arena. Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte have come an awful long way since their beginning.
But as their respective careers have hit new heights, both fighters seemed to have developed a strong mutual respect for one another.
However, Joshua’s past with the fellow Brit has not been forgotten. This same can be seen in Joshua’s most recent interview in which he predicts the winner of the eagerly anticipated re-match between Whyte and Dereck Chisora.
Just five days away, the fight is set to be one hell of a Christmas cracker.
The first fight was hailed as one of the most entertaining fights of the year. Whyte came out on top in a points decision in the first meeting between the two. Though, Chisora is still adamant that he won the fight. But whatever the outcome, both have promised that the next fight will be even better.
Despite this, the current British heavyweight champion of the world believes that the fight will be more calculated than the first.
“I think it will be a little more cautious because they know what they can do," Joshua told Sky Sports.
"They gave it a lot and it took a lot out of them last time so I’m sure that they won’t want to go through that exact same punishment.”
Joshua also suspects we will see a higher level of skill in the rematch three years on from the original clash.
“So, I think there will be a lot better boxing and I think, when it sparks it is one of them ones where it is really going to kick off.”
But who does Joshua ultimately believe will win the fight?
Perhaps surprisingly - given how highly AJ has spoken of Whyte recently - the world champion is backing a transformed Chisora to emerge victorious.
“I think that Dereck is going to whoop Dillian. I want him to,” he continued.
"I want Chisora to win. I don't want too much good for Dillian because he's an enemy of mine. But I want Dillian to win as well, so we can have our rematch.
Joshua believes that the fight will go the distance: “No, they can’t knock each other out. They have those old school granite chins.”
Finally, Joshua was adamant that both fighters will have learned from their previous fights and both, will equally be better this next time around.
“They’re going to learn. They’ll learn from their first one,” Joshua continued. “As I said, they both put a lot on the line and it took a lot out of them, so I think in the second one they will both refine their skills. It will be a lot more technical.”News Now - Sport News