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British heavyweight Dillian Whyte has called on Anthony Joshua to settle the feud between the pair as he makes his return from a two-year doping ban.
Whyte defeated Joshua as an amateur in 2009 and he believes that the Olympic champion is still annoyed with that loss despite going on to enjoy success in his professional career thus far.
Joshua faces Michael Sprott on the Nathan Cleverly vs Tony Bellew 2 undercard on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, and he will hope for a ninth consecutive win.
However, Whyte has reignited his war of words with the London based fighter, who still showed signs of being frustrated with that defeat in a recent interview.
“He’s so insecure and so jumpy about losing to me. When anyone tries to ask him about it, he says ‘it was 10 years ago, I was only beaten by one point’,” Whyte told Buncey’s Boxing Podcast.
“I say ‘listen, we fought at the end of 2009 and we haven’t been boxing for 10 years, so that doesn’t make sense. We’ve only been boxing for five or six years!”
“It wasn’t 10 years ago, and I didn’t win by one point. I won unanimously and I knocked him down.”
Whyte is set to make his comeback at London’s Camden Centre on Friday after serving a two-year ban for using a supplement that contained a controlled substance.
Meanwhile, as mentioned above, it is clear that Joshua is still annoyed by that loss and although it is evident that Whyte is trying to jump on the bandwagon as the Olympic champion’s profile continues to grow, it may well be a fight that will interest him at some stage if there is progress in his rival’s career.
“I don’t really care about that,” he said. “Come on, I was 18-years-old. I’m a beast now. I don’t want to start blowing my own trumpet but don’t regard me as the fighter I was seven or eight years ago, because if you’re dumb enough I’ll knock your f****** head off.
“I don’t count that as a loss, I count it as a great experience that built me into the man I am now.”
Nevertheless, Joshua is eyeing bigger fights in 2015, with promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting that the likes of Dereck Chisora, Tyson Fury and David Haye could well be within his sights next year.