Dillian Whyte, who beat Anthony Joshua way back when in the amateurs and faces his rival again on Saturday, says that Joshua isn't confident about fighting into the later rounds, and that he intends to test the Olympic gold medalist, who he describes as "a very nervy kind of guy."
From Sky Sports:
"He's not confident in himself and is worried about going past three or four rounds. I'm training for 12. I would love to stop him but I want to go a few rounds. Once you go to eight, nine and 10, you go there mentally. I'd like to experience going to the later rounds. ... He's a very nervy kind of guy. Sometimes nerves are good. Sometimes they are bad. I always fight very aggressively but for this fight I'm fighting calm and staying composed."
Whyte (16-0, 13 KO) is on paper at least sort of a threat to Joshua (14-0, 14 KO), but we'll have to see how it plays out. The 27-year-old Whyte has himself never gone past the fourth round as a professional, but like Joshua has size and power. Whether or not he's really in the same league as Joshua anymore is another question entirely.
Joshua, 26, won the Commonwealth belt with a 97-second stoppage of Gary Cornish on September 12, and is hoping to add the vacant British belt with this victory. In his pro career, he has not gone past the third round, and has only gone into the third twice. He's shown devastating power thus far in his career and has a lot of fight fans dreaming big on his potential.