- Dillian Whyte will face Tyson Fury on April 23 in a world heavyweight title bout
- Anthony Joshua has had his say on the bout, stating he wants Whyte to triumph
- In doing so, the former world champion admitted he ‘hates’ former foe Whyte
- The WBC No 1 challenger has reacted to the words by posting on Instagram
Dillian Whyte has been dragged into a war of words with old foe Anthony Joshua ahead of his world heavyweight championship bout with Tyson Fury.
Whyte, the No 1 WBC challenger, will take on Fury at Wembley Stadium on April 23.
Fury has withdrawn into a self-enforced social media blackout as he prepares for the bout in a little under eight weeks’ time. He has also asked for no contact at all from fans and supporters.
Whyte has not taken the same approach though, and took to Instagram on Monday night to respond to comments made by AJ, who admitted he is keen to face Whyte in the ring for a second time.
‘It’s a good opponent [for Fury], it’s a good [title] defence against Dillian Whyte,’ Joshua had said in an interview with IFL TV on the evening of Lawrence Okolie’s cruiserweight title defence.
‘Dillian Whyte needs to come in, look at what Tyson Fury does and reacts to, and do the complete opposite. Maybe work the body, and be conditioned to go the distance.
‘I’m rooting for Dillian, even though I hate him, and I want to smash him one of these days.
‘Go on Dillian, I’m with you all the way.’
Despite backing his former rival, Whyte took exception to Joshua’s revelation of hatred, and took to social media to voice his annoyance.
‘Why so bitter,’ wrote Whyte on Monday. ‘Number 1 bulls*** guy. @anthonyjoshua what did I ever do to you man.’
He then reminded Joshua of his own upcoming nemesis in the ring, wishing him good luck in his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua responded in kind on his Instagram. In a bid to defuse the situation, the former world heavyweight champion wrote: ‘Hate is a strong word I respect you champ.
‘I Just want to fight you at some point.’
Joshua and Whyte first met in the amateur ranks in 2009, starting a rivalry that has often spilled into acrimony and public outbursts against each other. Their one professional bout in 2015 saw Joshua triumph by technical knockout to defend his Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight titles.