- Anthony Joshua urges Dillian Whyte to find his instinct back
- The 32-year-old was defeated in round five of his bout against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday, August 22
- Joshua also told the British-Jamaican he is very much available for their fight when he is ready
Two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes Dillian Whyte lost his killer instinct in his surprise defeat to Alexander Povetkin.
The 32-year-old British-Jamaican was forced to kiss the canvass in the fifth round of the heavyweight bout staged at the Matchroom Sport Headquarters, Brentwood, England
Joshua felt Whyte had a chance to take out his opponent earlier in the fight but chose to delay till the next round and he later suffered defeat.
The English boxer of Nigerian descent told Joshua told 5 Live Boxing.: "I thought 'has Dillian lost that instinct?'
"I believe if you smell or see a drop of blood you have to take them out. If you leave it a round or two you just don't know.
"If a man gets a hope and a lifeline he might just bounce back. If I see you hurt I am going to blitz you and Dillian need to get back to that mindset.
"The last thing you lose is your power. Povetkin is a bit shaky on the legs but the foundations these guys have, I don't think you can give them an inch of hope. They will take any opportunity, and opportunity matched with power is knockouts.
"Certain people will now be negative towards Dillian. I believe he's a great fighter. It's a blip in his career.
"Five years from now it will just be part of the story. He will be able to look back and think it's a great lesson."
Joshua also told Whyte that the window to fight him is still available as long as the Jamaican will take advantage of the opportunity when he can.
"As long as I am champion he always has a chance. "I'll fight Dillian any day of the week," Joshua told 5 Live Boxing.
"I offered Dillian to fight me in 2019 before I fought Andy Ruiz Jr. He turned it down. Dillian, if you want that world title shot and I haven't got any obligations, then come and get this work."
Before yesterday, Joshua was the only boxer to have beaten Whyte back in 2015 and their chances of facing off again are slim.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has opened up on his love life revealing he doesn’t have a girlfriend and haven’t had one for a while.
Joshua made this revelation in an interview with The Sun, even as he admitted he would like to find love with "someone to grow with," but he is still searching for the perfect match.
The 2-time boxing heavyweight champion has a four-year-old son, JJ, from a previous relationship but still remains single.
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