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Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte slated for December 12th at the O2 Arena

Whyte defeated Joshua in the amateurs back in 2009, dropping the future gold medalist twice in the process.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Two of England's top young talents will finally face each other in the pro ranks this December.

Eddie Hearn reports that, should Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte win on September 12th, the domestic rivals will duke it out just before Christmas.

Joshua (13-0, 13 KO) first faced Whyte (15-0, 12 KO) back in 2009 on the amateur circuit, suffering two knockdowns before ultimately losing on points. He's since gone on to win gold in the 2012 Olympics and has yet to go past three rounds as a pro. Whyte, meanwhile, hit a stumbling block nine fights into his pro career thanks to a two-year suspension for methylhexaneamine. Both the original and appeals panels accepted his claim that he took the stimulant unknowingly, but upheld the suspension regardless.

Joshua will face Gary Cornish (21-0, 12 KO) on September 12th, while Whyte is scheduled to face the dreaded TBA. At least until that flake pulls out like always.

Can't say I'm too fond of pitting elite prospects against one another this early in their careers. but both men need some sort of step up, so I can't complain too much.

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