Anthony Joshua: Spencer Fearon explains why Dillian Whyte should get chance to

Joshua’s brutal knockout win over Whyte in December 2015 springboarded AJ into his first world title fight which took place four months later.

Recovering from such a harrowing defeat in a domestic grudge match, Whyte has since rebuilt himself into a world-level fighter in the division.

Nine straight wins, five of which have come via knockout, have thrown Whyte into the mix of contenders to be Joshua’s next opponent.

Former world champions Joseph Parker and Lucas Browne have been among The Bodysnatcher’s victims in that streak, as well as two thrilling wins over Dereck Chisora.

Joshua is slated to next defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles on April 13 at Wembley, and Whyte is among the touted names for that date.

And former super lightweight Fearon believes Whyte deserves a shot at his old foe’s titles because of the calibre of opposition he’s beaten in the last three years.

“Anthony Joshua didn’t go through the hard fighters that [Whyte] has had to go through to get a world title shot,” Fearon told Toe 2 Toe.

“Tyson Fury didn’t go through the hard fighters that [Whyte] has had to go through to get a world title shot.

“Dillian Whyte has beaten two former world champions and had a classic again with Dereck Chisora – what more does he have to do?

“He’s a student of the game – he watches a lot of boxing. You watch a lot and then try to nick bits here and there and fine tune things. He’s still learning, but he’s learning at such a rate.”

Whyte, like Joshua, is promoted by Eddie Hearn, who, despite his close contact to both heavyweights, has not yet been able to make a rematch.

By Fearon’s side, former world-level light heavyweight boxer Mark Prince agreed that Whyte deserves a shot, but feels there is still a raw beauty in his style.

“Dillian had very limited experience as a boxer before turning pro,” Prince said.

“Now when you start in that way, you don’t have what a lot of the others have.

“So you have to give him all the credit, because he’s still going through that growing, learning process where a lot of fighters have matured as amateurs and have just come into the pro game.

“But he’s still understanding the fight game in general when he’s fighting.”