Anthony Joshua: “Dillian Whyte must rediscover the finishing instinct after the defeat of Povetkin”


Whyte was knocked out in the fifth round by Povetkin

Unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has urged Dillian Whyte to regain his finishing instinct after a shock loss to Alexander Povetkin.

This puts an end to the 32-year-old’s immediate hopes of a world title against WBC champion Tyson Fury, but Joshua is set to face Whyte if he wins a rematch.

“As long as I’m a champion, he always has a chance,” Joshua told 5 Live Boxing.

“I’m going to fight Dillian any day of the week,” Joshua added, in an interview that will be available on Monday’s 5 Live Boxing Podcast.

“I offered Dillian to fight in 2019 before fighting Andy Ruiz Jr. He refused. Dillian, if you want that world title and I have no obligation, then come and get this job. “

Joshua is the only other man to beat Whyte, in 2015. But, in reality, the likelihood of them meeting again anytime soon is slim following Povetkin’s upset victory.

Whyte was in line for a shot against WBC champion Fury or Deontay Wilder, whom Fury is set to fight for the third time later this year. Instead, with Whyte now likely to face Povetkin again, it creates a clearer path for Fury and IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua to fight for the four world heavyweight belts.

Fury is expected to beat Wilder again, while Joshua must face obligatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. Both fights are scheduled to take place in December.

“None of the problems come to me,” Joshua added. “I don’t have this situation with Whyte, Wilder or anybody else. I’m ready to fight Fury – let’s go. “

‘Whyte must be clinical again’

Joshua worked ringside as a TV specialist for Whyte's loss
Joshua worked as a TV expert for Whyte’s loss

Whyte is hoping to secure a second chance at Povetkin in December, hoping a win will rekindle his hopes of a first world title fight.

The Brixton fighter looked set to hold onto his impressive run of form on Saturday until 40-year-old Povetkin landed a stunning uppercut, after coming off the canvas twice in the previous round.

Joshua said, “I thought ‘has Dillian lost that instinct?’

“I believe that if you feel or see a drop of blood, you should remove it. If you leave her for a turn or two, you just don’t know. If a man has hope and a lifeline, he might just bounce back. If I see you’re hurt I’m going to blitz you and Dillian has to get back to that state of mind.

“The last thing you lose is your power. Povetkin is a little shaky on the legs but the foundations of these guys I don’t think you can give them an inch of hope. They will seize any opportunity, and the opportunity will go with power. is KO.

“Some people will now be negative towards Dillian. I think he’s a great fighter. It is a failure in his career. In five years, that will just be history. He may look back and think this is a great lesson. . ”


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