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Dillian Whyte SIGNS agreement to face Anthony Joshua after AJ agreed to remove a rematch clause 

Dillian Whyte SIGNS agreement to face Anthony Joshua on August 12 in all-British heavyweight clash after AJ agreed to remove a rematch clause

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Anthony Joshua’s planned fight with Dillian Whyte has edged closer after Whyte signed an agreement to face his long-time rival on August 12.

Negotiations were delayed by a request from Joshua for a one-way rematch clause, but have now been wrapped up after the clause was removed.

Sky Sports report that the agreement was reached on Sunday, with an official announcement likely to follow in the coming weeks. 

If the fight does go ahead, it will continue a rivalry stretching back over a decade between two of the top fighters in the heavyweight division.

They first faced one another as amateurs in 2009, with a 20-year-old Whyte beating Joshua by unanimous decision, three years before AJ claimed Olympic gold at London.

Anthony Joshua is set for an action-packed schedule throughout 2023

Joshua is looking to set-up a summer showdown with Dillian Whyte

Joshua is looking to set-up a summer showdown with Dillian Whyte

Anthony Joshua’s fight with Dillian Whyte (right) is back on track after the pair agreed a deal

Joshua beat Whyte in 2015, but the 'Bodysnatcher' won their first bout as amateurs in 2009

Joshua beat Whyte in 2015, but the 'Bodysnatcher' won their first bout as amateurs in 2009

Joshua beat Whyte in 2015, but the ‘Bodysnatcher’ won their first bout as amateurs in 2009

AJ is due to fight Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia at the end of this year, with a deal expected to be agreed shortly

AJ is due to fight Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia at the end of this year, with a deal expected to be agreed shortly

AJ is due to fight Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia at the end of this year, with a deal expected to be agreed shortly

The two-time heavyweight champion had his revenge in 2015 as he handed  the ‘Bodysnatcher’ the first professional loss of his career and claimed the British heavyweight title after a Round 7 knockout.

After his second Whyte fight, Joshua is expected to square off against Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia at the back end of the year.

Hearn recently confirmed the Wilder deal is close to completion and both parties are set to hold meetings in London next week to finalise the contracts. 

The plan is that both Wilder and Joshua will have a fight prior to their bout which will take place in the final months of 2023. Whyte now looks set to fill that spot, although he did come close to pulling out of talks.

The 35-year-old said last month: ‘It’s like this, he (Eddie Hearn) said, “We’re gonna send a simple contract,” and then they sent a very complicated contract with a lot of hoops and a lot of hooks to hook me in.

‘I don’t want that, I just want a simple contract, simple fight, winner moves on and has a big fight in Saudi Arabia. This fight for me is about the opportunity, it’s not about the money, that’s why I’m taking the fight for the money they’ve offered me.

‘But now they’re trying to put a rematch clause in there that ties me up for a year and messes everything up, I’m not interested in that. I just want a straightforward fight, winner moves on, that’s it.’

The contract issue has now been resolved, and Whyte should take on Joshua in his first fight in almost a year at the O2 next month. Both boxers come into the bout after wins over Jermaine Franklin, as Whyte beat the American last November and Joshua did the same in his come-back fight in April. 

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