Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement


Anthony Joshua reveals favourite KO of his career was knocking out Dillian Whyte after being dragged into trash talk

ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed his brutal stoppage of Dillian Whyte is the favourite knockout of his career.

The unified heavyweight champion locked horns with his old amateur rival in December 2015 in a battle of unbeaten prospects.

Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte went toe-to-toe in December 2015
Anthony Joshua lands a nasty uppercut on Dillian Whyte

Joshua avenged his amateur defeat to The Body Snatcher with a vicious seventh-round KO win at London’s O2 Arena, a victory which propelled him into world title contention.

And the win was made even sweeter by all the trash talk he had to endure from Whyte before they shared the ring in a professional capacity.

Joshua told Sporting News Australia: “The favourite knockout that stands out for me? Probably, I go back to the Dillian one. Sweet.

“Because that was like, you know… when I first started boxing I was just in Finchley.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“And you hear little things where the coaches are like, ‘Oh, this geezer. If he has a little sneeze he’ll put out of the fight and say he’s got the flu. He’s not a serious guy’, And this and that.

“So when I fought Dillian, I had been training [but] they called me on Thursday night and said me, ‘Do you want to fight [on] Friday?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, cool, let’s fight.’


“So imagine I had been training every day. “[But] in a fight, you have to have your peak time and your deload time so you’re ready and you recover.

“So when I fought Dillian, he was like a world championship kickboxer, I trained until Thursday. It was a good fight, he beat me. Respect to you, well done.

“The when I was going through this boxing thing as an amateur, he was always talking rubbish on the internet.

“Like, ‘When you turn pro, I’m going to smoke you.’ This, that and that. And I’ve never been one to get on to the internet wars.

“So that fight was now like, ‘All of that internet stuff you’ve been talking, now you’re facing the real one.’ And then it was like north London, south London, Watford, south London.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“It was just a whole saga in London where it was just like, ‘Let’s see who the best of the best is.’

Anthony Joshua knocked Dillian Whyte out cold

“And it was kind of like that [Joe] Joyce and [Daniel] Dubois fight. You know that who is going to go on and be the next one. And that knockout just cemented [it for me].

“If you would’ve lumped £100 on this kid is going to go on an be a world champion, that would’ve been a short bet because I feel like that uppercut was the cement to where we was about to go.”

Whyte, who is currently gearing up for a crucial rematch with Alexander Povetkin, is one of only two boxers to drag Joshua into a trash-talking match.

AJ told Sports Illustrated: “The only times you’ve seen me talking recklessly is against Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller.

“Other than that I’m an ambassador of the sport. I’m trying to be clean, representing my sponsorships, represent DAZN properly, I try to stay away from the typical stereotype of a heavyweight boxer.

“It’s difficult but I have it in me to fire up and talk recklessly when needed.”

Joshua, 32, is currently preparing for a multi-million-pound heavyweight title unification fight with Tyson Fury.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Negotiations over the biggest fight in the history of British boxing are ongoing and both parties are expecting to finalise an agreement in the coming weeks.




THE strawberries served up at Wimbledon this year will be tracked from plant to punnet with new high tech sensors for the first time...


EMMA RADUCANU rose to super-stardom after her incredible US Open triumph last September as a qualifier. And that led to endorsements with huge global...


JOE ROOT played another of his incredible reverse scoops for six as England closed in on another thrilling victory. Former captain Root jumped around...


ENGLAND cricket fans have been spotted brawling in the stands at Headingley. The Yorkshire crowd were in fine voice on the Western Terrace as...

Premier League

HARRY MAGUIRE has been given special permission to jet off on his honeymoon by new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag. England star Maguire...

Premier League

BAYERN MUNICH are demanding a fee of £52million to sell Robert Lewandowski, according to reports. Lewandowski, 33, has been vocal about his desire to...