Home Boxing News Dillian Whyte put off Anthony Joshua fight due to one-way rematch clause

Dillian Whyte put off Anthony Joshua fight due to one-way rematch clause

Dillian Whyte. Photo credit: Getty Images

Negotiations for fight between Anthony Joshua 25-3 (22) and Dillian Whyte 29-3 (19) have hit another roadblock, this time with the dreaded rematch clause.

The promoter of both heavyweights has been trying to strike a deal with the pair for an August 12 clash, however the insertion of a rematch clause has raise the ire of Whyte.

If former two-time unified champion Joshua loses, he will have the option to reverse the result in n immediate rematch. There is no such provision for Whyte if he loses.

Joshua, 33, is already in deep in negotiations to face former WBC champion Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) in Saudi Arabia in December.

Whyte believes that he should have the chance to face Wilder if he claims victory over Joshua.

“Well we had a contract, the contract’s with my lawyer and my lawyers have gone back to him,” Whyte told talkSPORT.

“But there’s a lot of things that have been said publicly that are not happening when we’re negotiating.

“They said it was gonna be a standard contract, but it’s not, there’s a lot of things in the contract now that they didn’t say was gonna be in it…

“It’s like this, he said, ‘we’re gonna send a simple contract’ and then they sent a very complicated contract with a lot of hoops and a lot of hooks to hook me in.

“I don’t want that, I just want a simple contract, simple fight, winner moves on and has a big fight in Saudi Arabia.”

At 36, Whyte knows that he is closing in on the tail-end of his career and that every fight counts.

“This fight for me is about the opportunity, it’s not about the money, that’s why I’m taking the fight for the money they’ve offered me,” he said.

“But now they’re trying to put a rematch clause in there that ties me up for a year and messes everything up, I’m not interested in that.

“I just want a straightforward fight, winner moves on, that’s it.”

Whyte cited the rematch clause as his main issue with the contract, but stressed that that was not the only thing he wanted ironed out.

“I’m not happy with the rematch clause for one. And then also there’s other little things in there that would tie me in,” Whyte said.

“If I fight AJ and beat him, I can’t just move on and go and fight in the big fights. They want the ability to change the date and the venue.

“I’m like, ‘No, let’s just have the fight on August 12 and that’s it.’

“It is about the opportunity, but with the rematch involved – if I beat him then I don’t get an opportunity, I’ve got to wait and fight Joshua again.

“Obviously the big carrot and the big prize is to fight Deontay Wilder in December in Saudi Arabia.

“I would love to fight Joshua, beat him, then go on and fight Wilder and beat him.

“These are the two guys I’ve been trying to fight for the past six or seven years.”