By Sean Spence (@seanspenceee111)
Fight fans are in for a treat this weekend as Eddie Hearn presents his duly named, bumper card ‘Bad Intentions’, headlined by Anthony Joshua’s exciting clash with the hard hitting and undefeated Dillian ‘The Villian’ Whyte.
The two heavyweights rivalry go all the way back to the grassroots of boxing when Whyte defeated Joshua as a novice in the amateur ranks, even scoring a knockdown in the process. That amateur rivalry has never settled though and will finally come to a head this Saturday night on Sky pay-per-view in what is promised to be an exciting affair.
Each time Joshua has stepped through the ropes in his career the question on everybodys lips seem to be ‘how many rounds will this last?’ not even a question of if he’ll win or not. Each test Joshua has faced he’s passed with flying colours, notably knocking out undefeated Scotsman Gary Cornish in his latest bout to successfully defend his Commonwealth belt.
Myself and others (mostly Whyte himself) believe Dillian brings so much more to the table than any of Joshua’s previous opponents and top of the list of attributes is his brimming confidence.
Having all the normal makings of a heavyweight contender and being an accomplished amateur himself, he has a true desire to get to the top and a hunger which gives the Brixton native a real belief in himself that he can take Joshua’s 0 and do it in style.
This confidence draws from his amateur win over Joshua and a never say die attitude that he’s adopted after growing up on the tough streets of Brixton and even becoming a father from the tender age of 13. Whyte, who was previously suspended from the sport, is in no way in awe of Joshua and his huge following, promising to take him to places that he has never been before.
Joshua, as cool and composed as always, has different ideas. Growing into a true fight figure of the sport and looking more like a genuine world title contender each time he steps through the ropes, he keeps going from strength to strength on his journey. Although always keeping a calm dimenear in the face of Whyte and during press conferences, I think this may be the first time the Olympic champion might have a slight worry in his head, nevertheless it seems only to be driving the likeable Watford man in his preparations for this battle.
As the usual script goes, we have the good Vs. the bad, the young popular champion on his way to boxing stardom trying to deter the efforts of the hungry and villainous contender looking to derail Britain’s latest heavyweight hope. Whatever the outcome of this colossal clash, I think we may be in for a special night and hopefully a few questions are answered.by