Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Dillian Whyte is officially CONFIRMED… with the two British heavyweights set to meet at the O2 Arena on August 12
- Anthony Joshua ‘s rematch with Dillian Whyte has officially been confirmed
- The British boxers will go toe-to-toe on August 12 at the O2 Arena in London
- The heavyweight bout, which will be aired live on DAZN, will cost fans £26.99
The fight, which will be aired live on DAZN, will cost viewers £26.99 – seven pound more than Joshua’s last fight against Jermaine Franklin.
The all-British heavyweight bout will also take place at the O2, which played host to their first fight back in December 2015.
Joshua emerged victorious from that fight, beating the Body Snatcher via technical knockout in the seventh round.
However, some boxing fans feel the rematch between AJ and Whyte will be more evenly matched given Joshua’s current form.
Anthony Joshua ‘s (above) rematch with Dillian Whyte has officially been confirmed
Joshua and Whyte last fought in December 2015, with AJ emerging victorious via technical knockout in the seventh round (above)
AJ returned to the ring in April after a seven-month absence with a unanimous decision win over American heavyweight Franklin.
The victory marked AJ’s first win since his second successive defeats to the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
However, it wasn’t the most convincing win as the bout when the distance – with the judges scoring it 118-111, 117-111, 117-111 in favour of the former two-time world champion.
Immediately after the fight, AJ said he wanted to face Deontay Wilder next. However, Eddie Hearn felt Joshua would benefit from another fight under his new trainer Derrick James before taking on The Bronze Bomber.
Therefore, they opened negotiations with Whyte for a rematch in August – even though many boxing fans believe feel the Body Snatcher is on the decline.
As it stands, Whyte has been knocked out in two out of his last four fights. Those came at the hands of Alexander Povetkin and Tyson Fury.
Additionally, some feel Whyte actually lost his bout to Franklin – with the American agreeing and stating he felt as though he had been ‘robbed’ by the British judges.
Nevertheless, AJ and Whyte have agreed terms to fight later this summer – despite Hearn previously stating their bout was in doubt due to the financial terms of the deal.
Joshua beat Jermaine Franklin in April 2023 at the O2 Arena via unanimous decision
Eddie Hearn felt AJ (centre) would benefit from another fight under his new trainer Derrick James (left) before facing Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia
Hearn raised concerns in June that Joshua’s bout with Whyte would fall through the cracks
Discussing the deal in June, Hearn said: ‘We made him an offer which they made it clear was nowhere near their expectations, and, quite honestly, there were very little negotiations after that.
‘[Agit Kabayel] may be on a long list,’ Hearn continued. ‘Anyone in the top fifteen. I don’t mind being honest – AJ’s going to fight Deontay Wilder in December. That’s our 100 per cent focus.
So he needs a fight against someone who’s going to allow him to work on, under the lights, everything he’s been working on with Derrick James. There’s no point fighting a fight that’s against someone he’s going to take out in a round.
‘And it’s difficult to fight an elite, top three of five guy when you’re fighting Deontay Wilder four months later.’