Anthony Joshua offered words of advice to Dillian Whyte following his shock KO defeat at the hands of Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night.
The unified heavyweight champion was in attendance as part of Sky’s broadcast team, and was stunned by the Russian’s one-punch knockout.
Povetkin knocked Whyte cold
Joshua reacted to the KO by telling Sky: “The psychological part of it is knowing that, but the fighter knows it can happen to the other person as well.
“You choose which side you’re gonna be on and you go in with that ferocious mindset that you’re gonna take out your opponent.
“Dillian spent months and months in Portugal training and something like that can happen.
“But I feel like the training doesn’t only add up to this fight with Povetkin.
AJ was working as a pundit for Sky
“He’s got another however many years in the sport so this is just a blip in the career.
“Dillian fights for himself, people will say loads of things now, people are gonna talk all sorts of stuff about Dillian’s performance.
“But Dillian’s a fighter so I sit here as a fighter and say, ‘Dust yourself off, get back up and go again.’”
AJ then discussed the fourth rounds and said: “The fight was called maximum violence, so when he had the opportunity to take him out, I wanted to see that maximum violence.
Whyte was KOd in round five
“When I smell blood I go in there to take someone out.
“Sometimes you can get caught in the exchange, but if you leave it a round or two later, as we’ve seen there, anything can happen.
“The tactics sometimes go out the window and you’ve just gotta remember this is a fight.
“You’ve gotta take the man out and move on to the next one because it’s a dangerous sport.
“Well done to Povetkin. Dillian, dust yourself off, don’t worry about what anyone’s saying.”