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Joshua Would Have Fallen First Against Me – Whyte

Nigerian-born heavyweight boxer, Anthony Olaseni Oluiwafemi has received another snide comment from a fierce rival, as fellow-Briton, Dillian Whyte believes he could have beaten the former champion before Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr did so on June 1st in New York, USA.

Whyte confessed that he wanted to ruin Joshua’s unbeaten record, but a breakdown in talks prevented him from getting a rematch at Wembley in April, after which ‘AJ’ went on to lose three world titles in a shocking first ever professional defeat by Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden.

He has already switched his sights to a summer showdown with Oscar Rivas at The O2 Arena next Saturday, July 20, but Whyte admits it was only because he could not agree terms for a second fight with Joshua.

However, Whyte, who defeated ‘AJ’ in the amateur ranks before a 2015 stoppage loss as professionals, added that he and his camp stand by their decision not to agree terms with Joshua.

Whyte told Sky Sports: “I don’t regret it, I was sad to see him lose, because him losing changed the game.

“Why would I be regretful to take the fight just because he lost? He’s a fellow competitor, he’s a British fighter.

“So, any British fighter in my book that fights against anyone in the world, I will support them, even if I don’t like them.

“I wanted to fight him and beat him for the first time as a pro, as he beat me for the first time, and I beat him for the first time.”

Joshua’s defeat ended talks for an undisputed world title fight against Deontay Wilder, who has since mocked his downfall, but Whyte believes the WBC champion should be cursing the loss of a career-high pay day.

Whyte added: “Deontay Wilder was laughing, he’s stupid because that’s the big money fight for him.

“Where else is he going to get £100m? He’ll probably have another 50 fights and not even make nowhere close to that.”

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