Derek Chisora has made a knockout prediction for Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Dillian Whyte.
The pair of heavyweights will fight in front of a sold out crowd at London’s O2 Area, with a win for Joshua setting up a mega-money bout with Deontay Wilder.
Whyte’s looking to spoil the party, and fans know he has the left hook to do so should he catch his man. Chisora knows this well too, having been knocked out by the Brixton fighter in 2018. That’s not how he sees this one playing out.
Speaking to media at the kick-off press conference for the bout, Chisora said that Joshua’s Texas training camp might hinder him early, but he’ll grow into the fight and ultimately win by stoppage.
“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 is training underneath Derrick James in the Dallas heat, whilst Whyte is out in Florida with Buddy McGirt, although, if Chisora is correct, will be coming back to England sooner than ‘AJ.’
Should Chisora’s precise prediction play out, it will be the second time Joshua has knocked Whyte out in the second half of a pro bout – the first being their British Heavyweight title fight back in 2015.
A lot more is at stake here for both men, who don’t really have the luxury of time to rebuild after a loss. Despite cool heads at the presser, they will be well aware what’s on the line come August 12 in London.