Roy Jones Jr has weighed in with a prediction for the fast approaching rematch between Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
Eight years on from their memorable British title clash back in 2015 at the 02 Arena, old foes Joshua and Whyte will do it all over again at that same venue on August 12th.
Jones had actually been in talks to train ‘AJ’ following his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah last year, however ‘AJ’ opted to relocate to Dallas to work with Derrick James instead.
And Jones explained to Boxing News why Joshua should beat in Whyte in even better fashion than he did all those years ago – provided he and James have “become more comfortable.”
“I think it should be a good fight, I think Joshua will probably beat him again. Hopefully he and Derrick have become more comfortable with one and other now, and he has a better understanding of what Derrick wants from him.
He knows how to beat Whyte – he beat him one time already. But he actually should beat him better this time than he did the first time, if he has proper training.
Joshua’s first outing under James came back in April in a fairly uninspiring decision victory over American heavyweight Jermaine Franklin.”
The former unified world champion will need to have improved under James since then if he is to dispatch of Whyte and have a hope of defeating Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia, should that fight materialise.
Skills Challenge Entertainment have made no secret of their plans to stage a blockbuster between Joshua and Wilder in Saudi Arabia, however that could all come unstuck if Whyte springs the upset in just under two weeks’ time.