‘Even though I hate him’

ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed that he wants Dillian Whyte to beat Tyson Fury even though he ‘hates him’.

After weeks of speculation, Fury and Whyte fight officially confirmed for April 23 at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua (R) will support Whyte (L) against Fury


Joshua (R) will support Whyte (L) against FuryCredit: News Group Newspaper Ltd
Fury and Whyte face off for the WBC heavyweight title on April 23


Fury and Whyte face off for the WBC heavyweight title on April 23Credit: PA

And one person who is definitely keeping a close eye on the developments is the former unified heavyweight world champion Joshua.

Speak first Cruiser Lawrence Okolie vs Michal Cieslak at the O2 Arena on Sunday night, Joshua revealed who his supporters were during Britain’s Fury vs Whyte match.

AJ also hinted that he really wants to hit Whyte again after the pair first fought professionally back in 2015.

I said iFL TV: “It’s a good opponent [for Fury]Good ‘Even though I hate him’ defending against Dillian Whyte.

“Dillian Whyte needs to come in, see what Tyson Fury do and react to, and do exactly the opposite. Can be physically active, and has the conditions to go far.

“But I hope Dillian trains hard [and] Don’t underestimate Tyson. Since this was his first shot for Dillian, I thought he was going to be hungry, you know what I mean?

“It’s not the tenth time he’s fought for the title, you can get a little hiccup along the way. It’s the first time he’s fought for the title.

“I’m in love with Dillian, even though I hate him, and I want to give him a smack these days.

“Keep going Dillian, I’ll be with you for the long haul.”

AJ and ‘Brixton Bodysnatcher’ met in the ring for the British title over six years ago, with Joshua winning via TKO in the seventh round.

Plans were also made for Joshua and Fury to fight in an undisputed clash last year, before an arbitration court. ordered the latter to engage in a three-part battle with Deontay Wilder.

Joshua is currently preparing for a rematch with Oleksandr UsykBut Russian invasion of Usyk .’s homelandUkraine, could cause instability related to that duel.

When asked if he was worried about Usyk, AJ seemed to have alluded to Usyk and his countrymen, and previous heavyweights, Vitaly and Wladimir Klitschko.

AJ said: “I learned [that] Sports and politics go hand in hand, and they’re powerful voices, and it’s good that they’re speaking out.

“They’re not promoting war, they’re saying ‘let’s find peace’.

“So good luck to them, and that’s really it, before I go ahead and say something wrong.” ‘Even though I hate him’


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