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Dillian makes it a Whyte Christmas and now targets Joshua

GLADIATORS: Anthony Joshua (left) and Dillian Whyte during their first encounter

BOOKMAKERS EXPECT Dillian Whyte to meet Anthony Joshua again in April, after his rematch victory over Dereck Chisora on December 22. The pair clashed in the ring just after Whyte's win, with Joshua branding Whyte an ‘idiot’, after the WBC Silver heavyweight title holder reacted badly to suggestions he was third in line to fight Joshua, despite his brutal knockout of Chisora.

With AJ booked to fight at Wembley on April 13, Whyte is heavily tipped to be his opponent (1/3), as WBC title-holder Deontay Wilder is expected to shun a unification bout in favour of a rematch of his own against Tyson Fury (also 1/3).

But Paddy Power expect there to be a unified champion by the end of next year, offering odds of Evens that Joshua and Wilder fight in 2019.

With Joshua coming under fire for not fighting Wilder or Fury – both men labelling him a ‘chicken’ after their controversial draw earlier this month – there’s growing speculation that he could cancel his Wembley date, with the odds dropping to 8/1.

A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “With three leading protagonists in the heavyweight division, 2019 is shaping up to have some epic fights.

“After his win, Whyte should now fight Joshua – although that will be dwarfed by the Wilder/Fury rematch. AJ won’t want to be off his perch for long, though, so we expect he’ll fight the winner.”

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