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Dillian Whyte: If Andy Ruiz can knock out Anthony Joshua, I definitely can

The heavyweight contender is hoping to get a world title crack, and it could come against his old rival Anthony Joshua.

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

Dillian Whyte has a promised shot at the WBC heavyweight title due in early 2021 (so long as he keeps winning, anyway), but he’s hoping for the possibility of that also being a shot at the undisputed world heavyweight championship.

For that to happen, WBC titleholder Tyson Fury (also LINEAL!!!!!! champion) and WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua would have to meet first.

If Joshua were to win that hypothetical matchup, then Whyte (27-1, 18 KO) would welcome a rematch with his old rival. Joshua (23-1, 21 KO) beat Whyte via seventh round stoppage back in 2015.

And if he does get that second crack at AJ, Whyte tells Sky Sports he’s very confident he can get the knockout this time around, reasoning that if Andy Ruiz Jr can stop Joshua, Whyte certainly can, saying he feels he’s a harder puncher.

“I’ve got better feet than him as well, and better boxing technique than Andy Ruiz,” Whyte told Sky. “He’s got fast hands, but his feet are slow. I’ve shown also in fights that I can come back from being down on the scorecards and I carry knockout power in the later stages of the fight as well, which is a big thing for a heavyweight.”

First up, though, Whyte will have to get past Alexander Povetkin, an aged but not much faded veteran contender. That fight is currently slated for May 2 at London’s O2 Arena, and it’s far from a gimme for Whyte.

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