Feature | Dec 10 2015

Dillian Whyte: ‘I want what Anthony Joshua has’

Dillian Whyte describes his long struggle to reach Anthony Joshua fight, writes John Dennen
Dillian Whyte
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“I DON’T really care.”

The words that sparked a rivalry which, six years on, leads Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua to a British heavyweight title fight at the O2 arena on Saturday (December 12). It’s an unexpected outcome, given that when Dillian was speaking in 2009 his coach was looking for an opponent for him on their club show at an early stage of his amateur career. A new super-heavyweight from London, who’d won his first two contests, was willing to take the bout.

Whyte recalled, “They said there’s this kid from Finchley, but he’s dangerous. Obviously he’s knocked everybody about etc. etc. I said I don’t really care. I’ll fight him anyway. My coach he said we’d find somebody else. We looked, we looked and there was nobody else. We said alright we’ll take the fight. We took the fight, went in there, me and Anthony had a fight, we never had a boxing match, we had a fight and I won.”