Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte will settle their long running feud next month as the two lock horns for a third time at London’s O2 Arena.
Whyte beat Joshua on the amateur circuit before ‘AJ’ got his revenge when it really mattered in the pro ranks back in 2015.
Since then a ‘decider’ has alway been mooted but deemed unnecessary for the most part, as Joshua’s career had taken him to levels seemingly above his old foe.
However, with 3 losses in his last six fights and the fact he no longer holds any heavyweight hardware, ‘AJ’ against ‘The Body Snatcher’ is suddenly a make or break fight for both.
One fighter with perhaps a better insight than anybody into the clash is the man they both fought last, Jermaine Franklin.
The American had a close fight with Whyte but ultimately lost a majority decision with scores of 115-115, 116-112, 116-112.
Joshua made no secret of the fact he wanted a statement knockout after his back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, but had to settle for a one sided points victory.
Speaking to iFL TV, Franklin is predicting a comfortable night’s work for the former two-time champion on August 12.
“I think Joshua will beat Whyte. I don’t think it’ll be a hard fight for Joshua.
It was a little harder for Joshua to punch me cause it’s harder for bigger guys to punch down than it is for shorter guys to punch up, but you know when you’re taller some of those shots are easier to get off.
Yeah I think beats Dillian.”