Dillian Whyte accuses Anthony Joshua’s team of taking ‘mediocre fights’ and blocking Wembley rematch in April

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The Bodysnatcher has established himself as one of the biggest threats in the heavyweight division since losing to Joshua in 2015

Dillian Whyte claims Anthony Joshua may want to fight him, but his team of advisers is stopping it from happening.

The British heavyweights squared off after Whyte’s knockout of Dereck Chisora at The O2 last month, with fans clamouring for the pair to fight again.

Whyte is suggesting Anthony Joshua’s team is holding him back

Whyte is suggesting Anthony Joshua’s team is holding him back

After Joshua dispatched the Brixton man in 2015, he went on to become unified world heavyweight champion.

However, his next move remains unclear with Whyte, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in the mix for his next fight.

With Fury and Wilder likely to rematch one another this year for the WBC title, there is a vacant spot on April 13 to face ‘AJ’ for all his belts.

However, Whyte is not sure whether or not he will be the man fighting for the gold.

Chisora was brutally stopped in the rematch last month

Chisora was brutally stopped in the rematch last month

He told Adam Catterall on The Sports Bar: “I called him out there live thinking the fight could be made and I was very disappointed with Anthony’s response.

“I was ready for him to say ‘Okay, let’s get it on’.

“Wilder is not going to fight him because he doesn’t want it and is fighting Tyson Fury.

“But from his answer – and the way he was acting – I think AJ might want the fight, but I don’t think his team wants the fight.

Joshua holds three of the four main heavyweight belts

Joshua holds three of the four main heavyweight belts

“I think AJ is going into the business now thinking ‘I can have mediocre, easy fights and still make a load of money’ so why not?

“Realistically, if he wanted to fight Wilder after Wilder came over with the $ 50million he still didn’t want to fight him.

Before the rematch between Whyte and Chisora, Joshua claimed he declined a unification fight with Wilder because the money was not enough.

However, his British rival believes it is far simpler than that – Joshua is scared of a fight.

“He had whatever excuse he had for why the Wilder fight didn’t happen,” Whyte added. “First he said he wanted to fight Tyson Fury before Tyson Fury came back.

“But now Tyson Fury has come back with a good performance against Wilder all of a sudden he is saying ‘Oh, now I want to fight Wilder because Tyson Fury lost’.

“But I didn’t think Tyson Fury did himself any injustice in that fight. If anything, I thought he put on a great performance and he boxed well.”

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