Anthony Joshua sends message to Dillian Whyte after Povetkin knockout defeat

Anthony Joshua has told Dillian Whyte to ‘dust himself off, get back up, and go again’ after his shock defeat to Alexander Povetkin.

With a world title shot on the line, Povetkin stunned Whyte with a fifth-round knockout, having been down twice in the previous round.

For Povetkin, a world title shot against either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder potentially awaits, while Whyte’s career has taken a huge slump.

Joshua was ringside for the fight and told Sky Sports afterwards: ‘Dillian spent months and months in Portugal training and something like that can happen.

‘But I feel like the training doesn’t add up to this fight with Povektin, he’s got another how many years in the sport.

‘This is just a blip in the career. People are going to talk all sorts of stuff about Dillian.

‘Dillian is a fighter, I stick with him as fighter and say, “dust yourself off, get back up, and go again”.’

Joshua added: ‘I asked Johnny [Nelson], “Does Dillian still have that instinct in him?” Because the fight was called maximum violence.

‘When he had the opportunity to take him out, I wanted to see that maximum violence.

‘That’s why for me, when I smell blood, I go in there to take someone out, but sometimes you can get caught in the exchange.

‘But at the end of the day, if you leave it a round or two later, as we’ve seen there anything can happen.’

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