Anthony Joshua takes on Dillian Whyte in an all British heavyweight title fight on Saturday!
This fight at the sold-out O2 Arena has caught the imagination for a number of reasons. Firstly and maybe the most important from a psychological point of view is the fact that the pair met as amateurs and it was was the underdog Dillian Whyte who came out on top.
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Secondly since turning professional both men are undefeated and steamroll nearly everything in their way. AJ has notched up a 14-0 streak with a hugely impressive 14 knock outs! And although Whyte clearly hasn’t fought the same level of opponent his record of 16-0 with 13 KO’s since turning professional should not be underestimated.
The Olympic Gold medalist Joushua goes in to this fight an overwhelming favourite despite the pair’s only meeting going to the Jamaican born Whyte. Joshua evidently has power in abundance which has been evident in every fight winning by way of knock out. But what most haven’t been able to deal with is his speed. He can go from cruising through a round to delivering a quick and unexpected flurry of pure power which usually hurts and knocks the fight out of his opponents.
That being said Whyte is a big puncher and a lot will depend on the opening round where I think Whyte’s best chances lie. As we’ve said already if AJ hurts him early Whyte goes from a 7/1 chance to a 100/1 chance in a matter of a couple of shots. On the other side of that Whyte could go in and take it to Joshua, something that needs to happen if he’s to have a reallistic chance in the fight, and really take it to the best prospect in the country.
The way both fighters go about their business this one doesn’t go the distance. We might see a different side to Anthony Joshua, tactics that see him with a more patient approach than what has served him well up to now. We’re used to seeing him get his opponents out of there in minutes and even seconds but against his old foe he’ll need to take his time and pick his shots a bit better. That’s exactly what will be needed down the road as he steps in to World level and it’s a perfect fight for him.
A lot depends on the early exchanges and tactically it might be different fight early on but I do expect to see the AJ we all know and admire coming through in the end to finish off his opponent in the 3rd or 4th round to keep his perfect record intact and make it 15-0 with 15 knock outs