In an interview with Sky Sports News, Dillian Whyte has claimed that he would have knocked out Anthony Joshua if he didn’t sustain a shoulder injury during the second round.
Whyte’s reaction to being knocked out
Whyte, who was knocked out in the seventh round by an uppercut, had this to say about his fight during the interview:
"I had him out on his feet, he was stumbling around. I hit him and he stiffened up, but at the same time I hit him my shoulder went so I couldn't really finish him off.
"But I'm not going to make any excuses. My trainer said 'do you want to stop the fight' and I said 'I'm not going to let these fans down, I'm going to be the true warrior I am and go out on my shield'. And that's what happened.
"I proved to everyone in Great Britain I'm just as good a fighter as him. We're both heavyweights, we both can bang".
“One of us was going to go to sleep, and unfortunately, it was me, but that's heavyweight boxing."
Is there a rematch on the cards?
The Brixton boxer says that he would like to rematch Joshua and that he would win the next fight, which would hopefully lead to a third match decider.
However, it seems as though Joshua is destined for bigger and better things than a rematch against Whyte. Joshua stated all along that the rival match against his old foe would merely be a stepping stone in his career.
It is rumoured that his promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants to set him up against former British Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora who also fought, and won, at the O2 during that glorious night of boxing.
What’s next for Anthony Joshua?
Hopefully, his trainers and promoters will continue his steady path to stardom and won’t throw him into the deep end too early.
They need to allow the Olympic gold medallist to keep stepping up against slightly better and different boxers until he has a decent amount of experience – against various types of fighters – so he is ready to challenge the likes of Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin and Tyson Fury.
Joshua is a very down-to-earth boxer and has already said that he wants to work his way around the division before challenging for a belt.
Whyte will most likely have to earn his rematch against Joshua now. He'll need to try to keep pace with AJ's rise through the division to warrant himself as a worthy competitor once again.
Joshua and Fury have brought back British boxing and will hopefully headline the division for many years to come.
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