Joshua vs Klitschko: Dillian Whyte will not be shocked if Anthony Joshua is knocked out at Wembley
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 20/04/17 1:54pm
Dillian Whyte says he will not be shocked if former opponent Anthony Joshua suffers a knockout defeat to Wladimir Klitschko.
'The Body Snatcher' remains eager to avenge his stoppage loss to Joshua in 2015 and will be watching with interest when the IBF champion faces Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Whyte has also felt the power of Klitschko during their past sparring sessions and would not be surprised if the former unified champion detonates a fight ending punch on Joshua.
"I won't be shocked, because he can get chinned," Whyte exclusively told Sky Sports. "He has not got the best chin. He doesn't cope well with taking shots at all - and Wladimir can whack."
But the Brixton man would prefer Joshua to emerge victorious, with the vacant WBA title also around his waist, as he wants to be the first fighter to ruin his unbeaten record.
"I want to be the man that beats him," said Whyte. "I don't want him to lose and people to say 'he lost and was not the same.' I want to beat him with the same confidence of when we fought the first time.
"God willing, if everything goes well and I get through Mariusz Wach, it could be my next fight, or I could fight [Deontay] Wilder, or fight [Joseph] Parker.
"Who else is he going to fight? He is running out of opponents. At 18, 19 fights, he is running out of opponents already."
Whyte is unimpressed with the mutual respect between Joshua and Klitschko, and admits there is still genuine animosity between himself and 'AJ'.
I've been to war with Joshua for the past eight, nine years. Eight years we have been at war.
"I've been to war with Joshua for the past eight, nine years. Eight years we have been at war," he said.
"I hung out with him before, but we've never been friends. He hates me. I don't hate him, I just think he's a fake and should be himself.
"You can see in 'The Gloves Are Off', he was a man fighting with himself. He was holding himself back."