Dillian Whyte slams Anthony Joshua over fight choices

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Dillian Whyte impressively dispatched fellow British heavyweight Dereck Chisora last month, cementing his place as one of the toughest opponents in the heavyweight division.

However, all of the attention was on the events after the bout, with Anthony Joshua and Whyte squaring up to fuel the talk of a potential rematch between the two.

The pair last fought in 2015, with Joshua knocking out the 30-year-old in the seventh round in an exciting and competitive contest.

With Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder looking set for a rematch, many believe the Brixton-born Whyte offers Joshua the biggest challenge for his Wembley bout, scheduled for April 13.

However, Whyte has been critical of Joshua and his team and is doubtful as to whether he will be the one facing AJ for his belts.

“I called him out there live thinking the fight could be made and I was very disappointed with Anthony’s response,” Whyte told talkSPORT’s Adam Catterall on The Sports Bar.

“I was ready for him to say ‘Okay, let’s get it on’.

"Wilder is not going to fight him because he doesn’t want it and is fighting Tyson Fury. But from his answer – and the way he was acting – I think AJ might want the fight, but I don’t think his team wants the fight.

“I think AJ is going into the business now thinking ‘I can have mediocre, easy fights and still make a load of money’ so why not?”

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Joshua and Wilder had previously been in negotiations for a fight, but talks broke down with AJ claiming that there was not enough money involved.

However, Whyte has suggested that the Watford-born heavyweight is making up excuses to dodge difficult fights.

“Realistically, if he wanted to fight Wilder after Wilder came over with the $50million he still didn’t want to fight him,” began Whyte.

“He had whatever excuse he had for why the Wilder fight didn’t happen.

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“First he said he wanted to fight Tyson Fury before Tyson Fury came back. But now Tyson Fury has come back with a good performance against Wilder, all of a sudden he is saying ‘Oh, now I want to fight Wilder because Tyson Fury lost’.

"But I didn’t think Tyson Fury did himself any injustice in that fight. If anything, I thought he put on a great performance and he boxed well.”

If a fight between Joshua and Whyte does now materialise, it will definitely have an extra element to it following Whyte’s claims.

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