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Dillian Whyte getting closer to Anthony Joshua fight

Dillian Whyte is one step closer to his dream: fighting Anthony Joshua by the end of this year.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With a win yesterday in Hull, heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte moved one step closer to what he really wants: a crack at old amateur rival Anthony Joshua.

Whyte (15-0, 12 KO) stopped Irineu Beato Costa Jr yesterday in 2:41, dropping the Brazilian two times. Now, the 27-year-old Whyte has a return date of September 12, the same night that Anthony Joshua will face Gary Cornish. Promoter Eddie Hearn says that if both win on that card, they'll meet late in the year.

Whyte, who starred in kickboxing before taking up boxing, made his amateur boxing debut by beating Joshua. Now training under Johnathon Banks, Whyte is looking to move up the ranks fast by targeting his past foe, following a two-year ban from October 2012-October 2014 for a positive drug test.

Meanwhile, Joshua (13-0, 13 KO) has become the most-hyped heavyweight prospect in the world after his Olympic gold medal in 2012.

"I'm in boxing to have big fights and give the fans what they want," Whyte said following his win on Saturday. "They've supported me through all the hardships I've been through and I want to give them something back. I want to give them a good fight to end the year. I'm confident for that fight and I can't wait for it."

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