According to Skysports.com, the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte is back on track now that Joshua’s management has agreed to remove their late sought rematch clause. In 2017, Whyte and Joshua squared off in a boxing battle. Whyte and Joshua faced off in a heavyweight boxing contest in 2017.
A major impediment to the second fight has been removed, and talks are already underway to have the upcoming summer battle take place at The O2 on August 12.
After accepting their initial terms, Whyte had alleged that a late request for a one-way rematch option in favor of Joshua had hampered talks for the fight. After Whyte had agreed to their requirements, Joshua demanded the provision. Before being presented with this plea, Whyte had already agreed to Joshua’s terms.
Joshua’s name has already come up in discussions for a fight against Deontay Wilder, which is expected to take place in the Middle East at the end of this year.
If Whyte defeats Joshua, the next fight he wants to have would be against an opponent of comparable caliber. As a result, the rematch clause issue may have posed a significant hurdle that needed to be overcome.
Because of their disagreement, Whyte and Joshua have been at odds for quite some time. During his amateur days, he defeated AJ, and this was before Joshua went on to win the gold medal in the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
When both were paid boxing professionals in 2015, they fought for the British heavyweight title, which Joshua eventually won after a referee stopped the bout in the seventh round.
Joshua triumphed and is now the undisputed world champion as a result of his victory. After losing to Oleksandr Usyk three times in a row, he broke through with a victory over Jermaine Franklin in April. His previous two fights with Usyk both ended in defeat for the former.
Whyte regained his standing by defeating Franklin on points in 2022, the same year he lost the WBC belt to Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium. Franklin was his adversary.
Whyte previously told Sky Sports, “I’ve been up for fighting Joshua since the day I lost to him in 2015,” and “I’ve been up for fighting Joshua since the day I lost to him in 2015.”
“As of now, the score is deadlocked at one all. He’s already won one. I won the amateur competition, but he won the professional competition; thus, I intend to exact revenge by winning the professional competition.
“I would love nothing more than to have a chance to avenge my defeat,” he continued. “I can’t think of anything else that would make me happier.” “I really can’t think of anything else that would make me happier.”
I’ll go ahead and start a war right now. I believe that going to war against him is the best way to battle him, put pressure on him, back him up, and start putting him on the back foot as soon as possible, and I believe that I am powerful and large enough to accomplish this goal. As a result, I want to engage in violent confrontation with him.
“I obviously have enough power to both support him and knock him out,” stated the speaker.