Whyte: Joshua not being ‘real’

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Dillian Whyte has launched another verbal attack at Anthony Joshua after the pair traded insults at a heated press conference.

The two heavyweight rivals are in action this Saturday as Joshua will battle Cornish for the Commonwealth belt, while Whyte faces former world title challenger Brian Minto.

A December showdown between Joshua and Whyte has already been agreed for December 12, but they must firstly preserve their unbeaten records this weekend at the O2 Arena in London.

Both men came face-to-face again at a joint press conference on Thursday and Joshua reignited the war of words, telling Whyte that he was 'lucky' to be on his undercard in the capital.

But the Brixton man insists Joshua did not get under his skin and accused him of acting like a 'robot' in front of the cameras.

"I'm telling you now he probably choreographed and rehearsed that, trying to wind me up," Whyte told Sky Sports. "But I didn't let him wind me up. I just said what was on my mind and what I think of him.

"If you're a man and you can't be yourself, you have to be so fake. Even what he was saying today, he was thinking so bad – he wanted to please everybody.

"That's not a real man. He's not real, he's like a housewife that is being controlled.

"What he's doing isn't natural. He's sitting there like a robot. I cannot wait for his batteries to run out."

The 27-year-old hopes to gain more rounds as he warms up for his grudge clash with Joshua, but did not rule out a swift stoppage victory over Minto this weekend.

"I'm going to do whatever it takes to win," said Whyte. "I'm going to try and showcase my skills, but if he gives me a chance to knock him out early then I will knock him out early.

"Minto is a tough guy, I respect him, he comes with a lot of credentials and he's game. He's one of those guys who is always in shape.

"When he shows up to fight, he gives it his all. I'm hoping that he does that when we step into the ring on Saturday."

Whyte holds a win over Joshua in the amateurs and cannot wait to step back into the ring with the Olympic gold medallist.

"I'm looking to do a 10-week training camp for him because I don't want to leave no stone unturned," he said. "I'm looking to really hurt this guy."

Asked about the possibility of a pre-fight face-off, he added: "I don't know whether we'll have that, because he might not make it to the fight in December. We'll see."