Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte ‘bottled it’ from rematch as rivalry reignites

Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte appeared to have settled their rivalry when they fought on the same show in Saudi Arabia last December.

The Brits shook hands at the open workout and wished each other luck in their respective bouts.

Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte 'bottled it' from rematch as rivalry reignites

Whyte beat Joshua in the amateurs, but AJ won when they met as pros

AJ also thanked Dean Whyte after hearing how he tackled a man who tried to open the door of their plane flying to Saudi – AJ’s mum was on the same flight.

However, comments that the ‘Body Snatcher’ has made since seem to have been received badly by the unified champion.

Last year, Joshua made an offer to Whyte for a bout on April 13 at Wembley.

Dillian slammed the offer, turned it down and AJ instead signed to face Jarrell Miller in the US, before he failed a drugs test and was replaced by Andy Ruiz.

Whyte told Sky Sports earlier this year: “Don’t do what Joshua did, saying I refused to fight when we already knew – and had told everyone in December 2018 – that he had arranged to fight Jarrell Miller on June 1 at MSG before his fake negotiations with me.

“I’ve spent more time haggling over the price of tyres for one of my cars than they spent negotiating with me on the Wembley fight.

“A couple of texts and a five minute meeting. AJ was trying to use me to make it look like he wanted the fight and that he wanted to fight in the UK.

Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte 'bottled it' from rematch as rivalry reignites

Joshua stopped Whyte in 2015

“If he wanted to fight at Wembley why didn’t he fight Miller there or Ruiz?

“It’s just b*******! I’ve wanted to fight AJ again for years and they know that.

“He had an immediate rematch with Ruiz, but won’t give me a rematch.

“That’s why I want the WBC belt so he can’t continue to avoid me and fool the public with fake excuses.”

Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte 'bottled it' from rematch as rivalry reignites

Their fight spilled over with AJ punching after the bell in round one

Now Joshua has responded by saying during a Sky VIP Q&A with fans: “He bottled it.

“I offered him a fight last year in April and he didn’t want it.

“I gave him the opportunity, he says he wants to be champion.

“He said he wants to fight for the WBC, I said, ‘Alright, come fight for the IBF, WBO, WBA.’

Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte 'bottled it' from rematch as rivalry reignites

Whyte responded by swinging for Joshua and a brawl ensued

“I said, ‘Come, me and you, April, let’s get it on.’

“And he said, ‘Nah,’ he doesn’t want that fight.”

Joshua was then asked if he plans to attend Whyte vs Povetkin on August 22 and jokingly replied: “I might get in there and give him a punch as well.

“You’re getting me psyched up now.”

Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte 'bottled it' from rematch as rivalry reignites

Joshua’s uppercut KO was ruthless

Regarding his relationship with Whyte, Joshua continued: “I’ve learned to not entertain certain things.

“I like him as a fighter.

“I root for some of his competition, like Derek Chisora, I was rooting for him when they fought. I would’ve liked to have seen Dillian on his back.

Anthony Joshua claims Dillian Whyte 'bottled it' from rematch as rivalry reignites

It’s clear that the rivalry remains

“But I just don’t really listen to what Dillian has to say because during my whole boxing career they’ve always tried to tarnish my name and stuff like that.

“They’ve always spoke negative of me so I don’t really respect those guys to be honest with you.

“They don’t really sit in the same room as me. I keep a distance from them type of people.”

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