The long-running feud between Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua shows no sign of ending soon.

Having engaged in a thrilling encounter in December 2015, won by Joshua in the seventh round after Whyte had hurt him to the body in the second, the heavyweight rivals have always held a bitter grudge.

The Brixton banger faces Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom’s Fight Camp on August 22 with Joshua due to be ringside, having told Sky Sports: “I might get in there and give him a punch as well. You’re getting me psyched up now.”

Naturally, Whyte was less than impressed by that scenario, claiming any post-fight jostling could spill over into something more serious if the WBA Super, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion takes any liberties.

“He might get a box, if he does that,” a bristling Whyte told Sky Sports’ Toe 2 Toe podcast. “If he does that, he might get a box, there and then, one box.

“He thinks it’s a game, but I don’t play games with these guys. They think it’s a game, scream and shout and get in each other’s faces, but if he does, he will get a box.

“I don’t know and I don’t really care what he thinks or what he believes. I don’t know, it’s hard to say. He says one thing one day and the next day he says something else. There’s no consistency with AJ.

“There’s no consistency with him. He says this, then he says that. He just talks a lot of crap. I’m sick and tired of all these guys that’s talking, talking, talking all the time.”

Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) has a lot at stake against former WBA champion Povetkin with a fight against WBC title-holder Tyson Fury mandated for early 2021, but a rematch with Joshua, assuming the right money is on the table, holds just as much intrigue.

“Beat Povetkin then if Joshua wants to fight, we’ll fight. If Fury wants to fight, we can fight,” continued the WBC interim champion.

“There’s only three or four big fights out there for me now after this one and I just want to have them.

“The biggest two is Joshua and Fury. If I beat them then I’ve had an amazing career and that’s what I want to do.”

Whyte-Povetkin will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view on August 22 in the UK.