In Dillian Whyte’s build-up to battle against Joseph Parker on Saturday night at the O2 Arena, he has reflected on his bout with Anthony Joshua three years prior, having targeted a re-match with the unified champion.
Whyte suffered a stoppage loss against Joshua, but believes that his preparation, approach and fitness wasn’t where he needed it to be in order to hand the Olympic gold medalist his first defeat.
“Never had enough time, wasn’t training right, wasn’t living right,” he told Sky Sports.
Whyte left Joshua stunned and wobbling in the second round which may have sparked the wrong mentality, having landed a big hit so early in the fight.
“I had problems at the end of the fight. I wasn’t mature enough as well, mentally. Mentally I was thinking, fight, fight, destroy, destroy, but now I approach it differently. I just know what to do now.”
Having not been tested or taken to later rounds prior to his fight with Whyte in 2015, Joshua’s ego is something Whyte looked to hurt.
“This guy, he thought was a god, until I rock him down to his boots. Then he realised that this godliness that he thought he had wasn’t there.”
The 30-year-old Jamaican also spoke on Parker’s performance against Joshua back in March this year, believing the negative approach from the New Zealander was cowardly, and that if Joshua wanted to sit off if they ever fought again, he would go chasing.
“He won’t be like Parker where they’re both standing off each other. If he don’t want to fight me, I’ll be chasing him all night long.
“He knows he came very close to losing to me. It doesn’t matter what he says, he’s openly admitted it after, years after that. He was being hurt badly in the fight.
“Joshua gets destroyed this time, properly. I get him going this time again, I will finish. One hundred per cent, I will finish this time.”