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Dillian Whyte questions if Anthony Joshua still has desire to fight

Whyte says he Joshua doesn’t strike him as someone who loves to fight through and through.

Andy Ruiz Jr v Anthony Joshua 2 - Clash on the Dunes, IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Upon hearing the reports that Anthony Joshua already predicting the end of his career, fellow British heavyweight Dillian Whyte wonders if Joshua still has that burning desire now that he’s accomplished so much fame and fortune.

Whyte tells Sky Sports that he’s noticed Joshua fighting more defensively as of late, and thinks it could be perhaps because Joshua has realized how tough this sport can be and could be looking to just make it out of the game intact and enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“He doesn’t strike me as someone who loves fighting. He loves the business and he loves the opportunities. Obviously he’s a good athlete and a good boxer, but he doesn’t strike me as someone who loves to fight. I love fighting. I enjoy fighting for the sake of fighting. That’s why I’ll fight anyone and I’m always ready to go.”

But while discussing Joshua, Whyte himself is gearing up for a rematch against Alexander Povetkin, to whom he was knocked out last year in stunning fashion. A date and venue for that bout is still be worked on as the ongoing pandemic continues to present a lot of obstacles in staging fights.

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