Dillian Whyte speaks out following Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr announcement

  • Tom Kelly
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Anthony Joshua has recently announced that, following Jarrell Miller committing several doping charges, he will face American fighter Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1. 

In a recent development which has shocked, well, nobody, AJ's fighting nemesis Dillian Whyte has spoken out against the recent announcement, demonstrating his frustrations towards the current world heavyweight champion. 

“We should have been fighting at Wembley. We tried to make the fight from last year, September. They came to me this year, January, after I fought Chisora and I was resting, to make the fight,” Whyte shared, as per Boxing News Online..

He added: “I’ve never turned a fight down. I don’t turn fights down. These guys just talk s***.”

For some time prior to the announcement of Joshua facing Miller, there was heavy speculation as to who was going to fight AJ, and fight fans generally hoped that Dillian Whyte's name was going to be near the top of that list. 

To say that Whyte was frustrated to not be considered to replace Miller would be quite the understatement. 

“When Miller pulled out, I was already training for five weeks, he’d had eight weeks VADA testing, these are the things we wanted.”

“We also wanted time to prepare. Because I’d just had a hard year, three big fights," Whyte said. 

Whyte then went onto explain that negotiations on Joshua's side were never serious and he felt that a fight between the pair was never going to take place, regardless of the tedious talks. 

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Furthermore, the Brixton born boxer was also fairly critical of Joshua's next opponent Ruiz.

The American fighter has had 33 bouts, losing just once to Joseph Parker in 2016. 

“I don’t think it’s a good fight. I just think they should pay Luis Ortiz the extra money and fight him,” Whyte said. “They should be overpaying him because who’s going to risk losing and getting bashed up if the reward isn’t worth it.

“I think Andy Ruiz just doesn’t hit hard enough. He’s got quick hands [but] he’s not the fittest, doesn’t look the part. But he’s a well-schooled guy and all of that. But if [Joseph] Parker can outbox him that easy, then what’s AJ going to do to him?.

"But I understand it’s short notice and he’s saving the day so full props to him and hopefully he does well.

“I don’t think Joshua looks bad in that fight. It just depends whether the needle he had with Miller and the mindset he has is still there. I think that’s the only way he looks bad, whether his concentration lapses or anything, [if he thinks,] ‘It’s a fat couch potato’ or whatever.

"I think he beats Andy Ruiz [in] six, seven rounds. Beats him up. Andy Ruiz’s feet are too slow. He’s a pressure fighter and he hasn’t got quick feet or good head movement. He’s a pressure fighter with his hands up. You can’t walk a six foot six, 250lbs guy with range down like that. You need head movement and quick feet and he hasn’t got any of the two. And he hasn’t got a concussive punch as well.”

Whyte is next set to fight against Oscar Rivas on June 20, with the hope of taking on either Joshua, Fury or Wilder in the near future. 

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