They have already had two entertaining fights, but Barry McGuigan doesn’t want to see a rubber match between British heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
The pair first met in the amateur ranks when Whyte took the victory, then met again in December 2015 for the British heavyweight belt in an all-out war at the O2. Joshua’s win made it one-all.
While the major fights in the division continue to elude fans, a third match between the two has long been mooted.
But former WBA and lineal featherweight title holder McGuigan isn’t interested.
He never fought the same man twice, instead taking on tough challenges on foreign soil such as his WBA and The Ring featherweight title defense against Steve Cruz under blazing late-afternoon sun outdoors in Las Vegas in June 1986.
He explained to Seconds Out why Whyte and Joshua should move on.
“After the way Fury dismantled and took Dillian Whyte out, why would he get another chance to fight Joshua? I think it’s a waste of time.
The public may be interested because it’s a heavyweight fight and Joshua’s such a big character but it’s just going through the same motions again. I don’t know that it would create a big deal of excitement, certainly not for me. It’s just repeating.”
McGuigan went on to share his dismay at another British heavyweight’s out-of-the-ring antics.
“I don’t want to talk about this, it’s just nonsense. If Fury wanted to fight, he’d fight. He’s asking for millions and just being difficult, so obviously he doesn’t want to fight. He should get in there and get on with it.”
As was reported yesterday, it seems McGuigan might get his wish with promoter Eddie Hearn now suggesting that Joshua-Whyte 3 seems “difficult.”