I’ve shared the ring with Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte… I predict the fight will end in a stoppage by round nine

ANTHONY JOSHUA and Dillian Whyte will renew a bitter heavyweight rivalry when they share the ring once again.

Whyte beat Joshua in a 2009 amateur bout but was stopped six years later in the professional ranks.

Whyte has twice beat heavyweight rival Chisora in the ringNews Group Newspapers Ltd

Anthony Joshua with pal Derek ChisoraRichard Pelham / The Sun

Now they settle the score on August 12 at the O2 Arena in a must-win fight for both men.

Derek Chisora had two thrillers with Whyte, 35, losing the first on points in 2016 before being knocked out two years later.

And he has also shared the ring with AJ on occasions in sparring, leaving him well placed to predict the bout.

Chisora, 39, said: “There are so many factors playing in this thing already.

“We’re five weeks away from the fight. AJ’s doing an eight-hour flight to Vegas.

“He’s gonna get there, jet-lagged, get tired, come back on an another eight-hour fight here when Dillian will be in London, training in Manchester.

“I think that in the first two-three rounds, Dillian will cause a bit of a commotion on AJ, but AJ will just bite his gum shield and round eight-nine Dillian gets knocked out.”

Joshua, 33, heads into the rematch knowing he risks a super-fight in Saudi Arabia against Deontay Wilder.


But AJ refused to look to Wilder, 37, or Tyson Fury, 34, as he hit out at the pair.

He said: “Wilder and them lot have been doing my head in for years, you’ve seen now the shenanigans in the heavyweight division – even with Fury, saying he was training for Usyk, you can see all the lies going on so I don’t waste my time with time wasters.

“I just want to fight, get on with it. I’m going to be 34 this year, let’s crack on while I’m here, I’m not going to waste my time waiting for people and chasing for people.

“Even from the amateurs you could see the trajectory I was on; ready to get down, ready to put my neck on the line and fight whoever and it is still like that.”

Anthony Joshua beat Dillian Whyte in 2015Richard Pelham / The Sun

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