Dillian Whyte warns Anthony Joshua against slimming down for Andy Ruiz Jr rematch

Joshua has slimmed down for the rematch with Ruiz Jr (Picture: Mark Robinson/Matchroom)

Dillian Whyte has warned Anthony Joshua against losing too much weight ahead of his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.

Joshua and Ruiz Jr go to war again next weekend and much has been made about the heavyweight duo’s change in appearance.

Ruiz Jr appears to be shedding the pounds while Joshua has cut a much slimmer figure in training camp compared to the first fight.

Whyte has a loss on his record to Joshua and hopes his rival has tuned out the criticism.

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He told Sky Sports: ‘I just hope Joshua doesn’t listen too much to stuff people are saying about he needs to lose weight. ‘Listen to this, he needs to change this,’ because sometimes when you take too much negativity on board, it can take you away from your main strengths.

‘His main strength is being big and strong and powerful and being in better physical condition than most guys he’s fought.

‘At his heaviest, at his most powerful, he hit Andy Ruiz with some big punches and couldn’t put him away, so hopefully him losing weight and coming down doesn’t affect him.’

Whyte is booked to appear on the undercard of Joshua-Ruiz II in his first fight since he was engulfed in a doping scandal.

There is yet to be any announcement from UK Anti-Doping or the British Boxing Board of Control on if Whyte will be hit with a suspension.

Whyte returns to action next week (Picture: Getty)

Whyte tested positive for a banned substance before his clash with Oscar Rivas during the summer, but was then cleared to fight by an independent panel.

Details of the failed drug test emerged after Whyte beat Rivas and sparked further investigations into an alleged doping violation.

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