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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