In December 2015, Anthony Joshua emerged victorious with a seventh-round win over Dillian Whyte. Now, these two British heavyweights are ready to face off again in a rematch scheduled for 12th August at London’s O2 Arena.
Back then, Joshua, 33, delivered a knockout blow to Whyte during their intense British title fight, seeking redemption after an earlier loss to his rival in their amateur days. Since then, Joshua, an Olympic gold medallist, has become a two-time world champion.
On the other hand, Whyte, 36, had his sole world title challenge result in defeat against Tyson Fury in 2022.
“I’ve made it clear that my plan is to stay active this year,” stated Joshua. “August 12th is the date, and I’ll be prepared for the fight. I’m eager to handle business.”
Their bitter rivalry traces back to 2009 when Whyte secured a decision victory over Joshua during their time as amateurs. However, Joshua turned the tables when they met again as professionals in December 2015. Although Joshua faced adversity in the second round, he recovered and secured a stoppage victory in the seventh.
“Whyte expressed, “I’m looking forward to returning to the London O2 on August 12th and engaging in battle. This is the decider since it’s currently 1-1.”
In April, Joshua defeated American Jermaine Franklin on points, marking his first win in over two years following consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO world champion.
With 25 victories and three defeats, the Londoner transitioned to professional boxing after clinching gold at the 2012 London Olympics. In his 16th professional bout, Joshua won a world title but experienced his first loss against Andy Ruiz Jr. in a shocking stoppage at Madison Square Garden in June 2019. However, he reclaimed his unified titles in a rematch six months later.
It is anticipated that Joshua will face former world champion Deontay Wilder in December in Saudi Arabia, with a deal reportedly close to being finalized. Joshua allegedly desired a second fight under trainer Derrick James before taking on the hard-hitting American.
After weeks of negotiations and with Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn accepting Whyte’s request to remove a rematch clause, the fight has been agreed upon.
“I can hardly believe this fight is actually happening, and neither man could be stopped,” commented Hearn. “The rivalry between them is deep-rooted, and they will never back down from each other. This is a must-win for both fighters. Brace yourselves for fireworks.”
Whyte’s last fight took place in November 2022, where he also secured a points victory against Franklin. The ‘Bodysnatcher’ has accumulated 29 wins and suffered three losses since turning professional in 2011.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about heavyweight rematch
When is the heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte taking place?
The heavyweight rematch between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte is scheduled to take place on 12th August in London.
Where will the rematch be held?
The rematch will be held at the O2 Arena in London.
Have Joshua and Whyte fought before?
Yes, Joshua and Whyte have fought before. They had a bout in December 2015, where Joshua emerged victorious with a seventh-round knockout win over Whyte.
What is the current record of Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte?
Anthony Joshua has a record of 25 wins and 3 losses, while Dillian Whyte has a record of 29 wins and 3 losses.
Is this rematch significant for both fighters?
Yes, this rematch is significant for both fighters as it aims to settle their bitter rivalry. The previous fight between them ended in a victory for Joshua, and now Whyte seeks to even the score.
Are there any future plans for Anthony Joshua after this rematch?
It is anticipated that Anthony Joshua will face former world champion Deontay Wilder in December in Saudi Arabia, with negotiations for the fight reportedly in progress.