Dillian Whyte has claimed he could knock out Anthony Joshua in a rematch despite suffering a brutal stoppage at the hands of the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion last Saturday.
Bad blood has existed between the pair since their amateur days and it looked as though Joshua (15-0, 15KOs) had settled his scores when a devastating right uppercut sent Whyte (16-1, 13KOs) sprawling to the canvas in the seventh round at London's O2 Arena.
Joshua could next face a domestic rival such as Dereck Chisora or David Haye, but speaking after his victory over Whyte, the 26-year-old suggested he wanted to step back into the ring with his old foe.
In an interview with Buncey's Boxing Podcast, Whyte claimed he could be tempted into a rematch, but first had to recover from an operation on a shoulder injury that held him back during the original bout.
"I'm in the business of putting on big fights," Whyte said. "If he wants a rematch and we can get it on, I'd do it in the summer. I've just had shoulder surgery so it'll be about four or five months until I'm back to full health. I'll do all the rehab work to get back to my top fitness level, and then I know I can knock him out.
"He's not the cleverest of boxers. I couldn't believe how slow he was and how easiest he was to hit. He's strong and very methodical, but I don't think his fitness is great.
"When I hit him on the body a couple of times, I could hear him making heavy-breathing sounds. I thought, 'you're not smirking so much now are you'."
Whyte is the first man to take Joshua beyond three rounds in the professional ranks and rocked the Olympic gold medallist in the second round to give him the biggest crisis of his fledgling career. The 27-year-old insisted he had given his opponent plenty to think about, even though he had to fight through the pain of a shoulder injury.
"[Joshua's] going to have to reevaluate," Whyte said. "He won the fight by a KO and straightaway he's saying he wants a rematch with me, because I was clocking him too much. That says it all.
"Before this fight they were saying he's ready for Wladimir Klitschko, he's ready for Tyson Fury. Now they're saying he needs a few more fights at this level.
"I had a shoulder injury about two fights ago, so I started getting treatment and it healed up fine. But in the second round [with Joshua], I clocked him with the left-hook and that sent shooting pains down my arm. Then I couldn't get any power.
"I knew it was an uphill struggle from then. I could have sat down on the stool and quit, but I'm not a quitter. I thought to myself, 'thousands of people have shown up to watch me, hundreds of thousands are watching from home, so I'm going to fight him'."