The heavyweight division in boxing is as thrilling as it’s been since the days of Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield. Finally, there’s a set of strong champions and contenders and several of them can be found in the UK. Anthony Joshua is next due to defend his titles at Wembley on April 13, could that be the day he loses his belts to a former opponent in the shape of Dillian Whyte?
This year has seen Whyte defeat Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker and most recently Dereck Chisora. He’s highly ranked but a title shot has been eluding him. His only professional defeat was by Joshua in 2015. Since then he’s won nine in a row to re-establish himself as a major contender for the heavyweight title.
Third in Line
After his win over Chisora on Saturday December 22, there was a bit of a showdown between Whyte and Joshua. All handy publicity just in case the two do meet in April at Wembley Stadium. Joshua insists that both WBC Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are ahead of Whyte but a rematch between Wilder and Fury is likely to take place before an eventual showdown with Joshua. All of which could mean very good news for Dillian Whyte.
Whyte After Revenge
It’s not the fight that Joshua wants but is at present the one he’s most likely to end up with. Whyte put up a good performance against Joshua three years ago and has made significant progress since then. Two wins over Dereck Chisora, ending the unbeaten record of Lucas Browne and then following Joshua in beating Joseph Parker, is as impressive as anything other heavyweights have managed.
All British World Heavyweight title fights don’t come along that often but there may be a few to come in 2019 and 2020. If Whyte does get the nod, then he’s 10/3 at Betfair to cause a shock and win the title.
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