Anthony Joshua would prefer to fight Dillian Whyte over Tyson Fury if belts were irrelevant – because his old rival has 'more swag'.
Former heavyweight champion Joshua is plotting a way back to a world title fight after a damaging run of three defeats in four fights. The 33-year-old took some time off after his second defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in August.
And Joshua is set to watch Usyk and Tyson Fury do battle with the undefeated duo poised for a blockbuster unification showdown early next year – after negotiations broke down over his own Battle of Britain with the Gypsy King.
Joshua is expected to be more active in the ring in 2023, and has been weighing up potential options for his comeback fight with promoter Eddie Hearn.
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The 'Body Snatcher' Whyte has been identified as a possible next opponent – which would see Joshua ignite his rivalry with his fellow Brit after their first pro fight in 2015.
Joshua knocked out Whyte in a British title bout at the 02 Arena on that occasion, passing his first serious test in professional boxing. And when asked by one fan if he would rather face the fresh challenge of Fury or Whyte once again if no title belt was on the line, Joshua explained why he would prefer a battle against his old foe.
“South London, north London, Fury is good but he’s a Manchester boy," Joshua told GQ. "I think Dillian has more swag in general, but he’s come up short a few times.”
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WBC heavyweight king Fury, who brutally knocked out Whyte in April, has questioned Joshua's apparent desire for the rematch by suggesting he is dodging a more difficult fight.
“Why isn’t this lad [Joshua] stepping up to the plate and accepting the challenge?” Fury told iFL TV.
“Why does he want to fight Dillian Whyte for? He’s already beat Dillian Whyte. Fight me. Come to the party. It’s only a fight. You’ve already lost before.
“These guys have all been beat before. I want to fight them, and they don’t want to fight me. It’s an absolute joke."
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