Rising contender Anthony Joshua puts up his Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title, BBBofC British heavyweight title and WBC International heavyweight title against his formidable rival, Dillian Whyte, during the holiday season, Saturday, December 12. To be contested at the O2 Arena Millenium Dome in London, a place the Olympic Gold Medalist is quite comfortable in, having notched 4 knockouts in his previous contests there.
Brits love to pin big expectations on their big men, but alas, Lennex Lewis is the only Brit to have delivered the goods in their history though perhaps Sir ‘enery Cooper may be the most beloved British heavy, so the talented Joshua has a lot of stereotyping to overcome. It helps that he physically fits the prototype of a modern heavy champ, being 6-6 with an 82″ reach packing near 250 lbs. His 14-0 record with 14 knockouts surely gilds his lily, but we recently went through that with David Price who unfortunately was sold out by his poorly confused promoter when overmatched too soon against the highly experienced Tony Thompson. Just by looks of things thus far, Joshua already seems to have more upside than the now belabored Price ever had, so now the real fun begins for him at the higher levels of boxing where mistakes once overlooked by his lesser competition could now prove fatal against his equals.
What I’ve noticed about him is that his hands are strangely small for such a big man, making me wonder how long they can endure his substantial power over his career. Regardless, he’s got British boxing fans’ full attention as will Whyte when Destiny sounds out the sirens’ clarion call to battle.
Whyte is less proven than Joshua with lesser expectations, yet 16-0 with 13 knockouts is nothing to sneer at. He’s near the same physical dimensions as Joshua that he used to steamroll his best opponent yet, former fringe contender Brian Minto in 3 rounds. That was also Whyte’s first ever fight at the O2 last September, so maybe he likes it there, ya think?
Could turn out to be a Battle For Britain classic that elevates both fighters in the boxing realm and legend. Then again it could be one shot and yer outta there early exit since both are obviously the biggest punchers each will have faced so far, so who can really say how solid their chins are. For sure Joshua looks to be the better boxer, so he’s the favorite…it’s all good…