Anthony Joshua shows off new slimline physique as Dillian Whyte rematch lined up for deposed champ next year
ANTHONY JOSHUA has shown off a new slimline physique ahead of a potential rematch against Dillian Whyte.
The British heavyweight, 33, is set to make a return to the ring early next year, with Whyte currently the “frontrunner” for his next bout.
And following the news, Joshua posted his fresh look to his Instagram page.
His crisp look saw him wearing a navy jacket and trousers with a pair of white, blue and black shoes, along with a pair of black sunglasses.
His post – which received more than 30,000 likes in just over an hour – was captioned: “Casually casual.”
And in the image, he appeared to have trimmed down his physique somewhat since his championship fight against Oleksandr Usyk.
Blockbuster Joshua vs Whyte rematch ‘frontrunner’ for AJ’s February return
Joshua was handed back-to-back defeats for the first time in his pro career against Usyk, seeing him consequently lose his WBA, WBO and IBF titles for good.
Tyson Fury offered Joshua the chance for a blockbuster “Battle of Britain” fight on December 3, but they failed to agree terms and Fury has instead lined up a trilogy fight against Derek Chisora.
Fast forward to now and Joshua is in contention to fight 34-year-old Whyte in a repeat of their 2015 clash.
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed an ideal time of early next year for Joshua’s next fight, and said: “In terms of names, talking to him the other day, he wants to fight Dillian Whyte, really.
“Dillian Whyte fights on November 26 against (Jermaine) Franklin, who is talking a tremendous game, and we’ll see how that plays out.
“I think Dillian Whyte is the frontrunner if he comes through. Otto Wallin is a guy that has reached out numerous times. That’s a good fight for him as well.
“Then there’s the (Deontay) Wilder situation. I’m not saying that’s going to be the fight for January or February, but it’s definitely a fight that he’s looking at.
“The feeling for AJ is the value of – and by the way, none of them are easy fights – a tune-up is sometimes they’re as dangerous as each other.
“I don’t think he wants to start dropping out of the top 15 and top 10 of the governing bodies and just looking for an easy touch.
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“I think he wants a real fight, and those are all real fights that you could see.”
Joshua was dethroned by Deontay Wilder in Ring Magazine’s heavyweight boxing rankings after the Bronze Bomber’s first-round knockout victory against Robert Helenius.