Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte
BY KID HERSH
From the O2 in London came fast-rising and hot prospect Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14ko's) vs fellow undefeated prospect Dillian Whyte (16-0, 13ko's). The first round was very heated as the bad blood was shown with Joshua digging in and stalking his man while pouring on the punishment with powerful blows. He had Whyte reeling around the ring for almost the whole second half of the first round. He was hurt but he did not look like he was on the verge of going to my eyes. Nonetheless it was a big round for Joshua, although I'm left wondering if he gassed himself a bit from the hard power punching that was nonstop for the majority of the round. When the bell sounded to end the first round the fighting went on well past it with WHyte even throwing an overhand. At Joshua with the referee separating them (again well past the bell). Joshua went back to landing his straight right hand in the second round, hurting Whyte with a couple of them early on. Whyte responded with a left hook that caught Joshua off guard though and hurt him for the first time in his professional career. He was on unsteady legs but managed to recoup quickly and also hang on. He did not fully recover to my eyes throughout the round or maybe even into the third round as he looked slow to move and slightly unsteady at times. Whyte has taken a lot of punishment as well though and thrown a lot of punches so he was not in any better shape. Joshua took the fight back over in the fourth round by picking his spots to punch as Whyte's output fell far down and Joshua was just fighting at his own pace but inflicting good damage on Whyte. This continued through the fifth round where Joshua landed some flush straight rights that were snapping the head of Whyte and breaking him down along with good body work being put in the bank. It looks like just a matter of time before Whyte is going to go but to his credit he fought back with seemingly new stamina in the sixth round, landing some unpredictable punches on Joshua and getting a second wind. In the seventh round Joshua caught Whyte with a right hand midway through the round that kicked out Whyte's legs like the Zab Judah chicken dance. Joshua pursued but couldn't set up the perfect shot until a while later when he landed a beautiful right uppercut on the inside that put Whyte down and out. Joshua got tested here - tough fight - but he pulled through like a professional in my opinion. Perhaps when he was hurt he should have either got on his wheels or clinched but it is a learning curve for the youngster.