Anthony Joshua Supportive of Dillian Whyte After Loss
When Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte (27-2, 18 KO’s) went to the ring to face Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KO’s) it was supposed to his final fight before getting his shot at WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s).
Whyte had been the #1 ranked WBC heavyweight for years and assumed the official designation of mandatory challenger just over a year ago. Sadly for Team Whyte, after dominating the fight, a sneaky but destructive left uppercut separated him from his senses. In just the blink of an eye, The Body Snatcher was flat on his back and his chance to fight the champ had disappeared.
It would be easy to mock Whyte and clown his unfortunate circumstance. And trust and believe there is an army of individuals doing just that right now! However, this was not what former amateur and professional rival WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (23-1, 21 KO’s) chose to do.
Rather than further salt the man’s wounds, AJ sympathized with Whyte. During the post-fight activities, the unified champion hoped that he would successfully bounce back from the significant defeat and become better because of it. For those familiar with Joshua, the rather warm sentiments should not be surprising. Whether he prevailed, or during his lone defeat, AJ has always carried himself in classy fashion with very little aggressive trash talk.
“But like Dillian, he spent months and months in Portugal training, preparing and something like that can happen. But I feel like the training doesn’t only add up to this fight with Povetkin. He’s got however many years left in the sport.”
“This is only a blip in the career. Dillian fights for himself, people will say loads of things now. People are going to talk all sorts of stuff about Dillian’s performance and stuff. But Dillian is a fighter, so I stick with him as a fighter and say, ‘dust yourself off, get backup and go again.”
By: Bakari Simpson