Heavyweight contender, Dillian Whyte, has taken aim at Anthony Joshua after fans booed the reigning IBF, WBA, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion during a ringside interview at The O2 on December 22.
Joshua was ringside in London to watch his longtime rival, Whyte, go head to head with Derek Chisora when the incident happened and Whyte is convinced that the heavyweight champion was not happy about receiving such a cold reception.
“He [Joshua] got angry because he got booed! The Golden Goose got angry because the fans booed him,” Whyte said to IFL TV.
“He’s like: ‘ Why’re my fans booing me?, Why’re my fans booing me?’ ‘I’m Anthony Joshua, I’m Anthony A-Force Joshua’ ‘I’m a legend, why are they booing me?’ He went home and cried.”
Whyte, now unbeaten in his last nine contests, has defeated; Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker, and Derek Chisora (twice) on his quest for world title glory. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, has listed Whyte as one of the frontrunners to face Joshua in his next bout, which is scheduled to take place at Wembley on April 13. But, Whyte insists negotiations for a rematch with Joshua have not yet begun.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I expected him [Joshua], and his team, or Eddie Hearn to at least have contacted me. I’m not meeting with Eddie for another two weeks, so I don’t know what’s going on.”
The consensus pick for Joshua’s next opponent among fans is either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder (depending on whom you ask). Sadly, at the time of writing, such a fight remains unlikely for April 2019, but there is another fighter who has found his way into the race to face Joshua.
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller has in recent weeks been mentioned as a possible option to face Joshua in April, but in New York rather than London.
Miller is unlikely to be high on the list of fighters you want to see Joshua face next. However, he does provide a chance for Joshua to expand his reach in the US market.
On April 13, Anthony Joshua now has three choices; a super fight (with Fury or Wilder), a domestic grudge-match, or a chance to increase his popularity in the United States.