There is plenty of history between the pair who fought each other in December 2015
Dillian Whyte has exclusively told talkSPORT that he was ‘upset’ to see his old foe Anthony Joshua suffer his first career defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, however this was not mainly out of sympathy.
While the ‘Body Snatcher’ stated it’s never nice to see a fellow Brit get beaten, he explained the main reason for his dismay at AJ’s downfall was that he wanted to be the one to administer it himself.
The dramatic action began positively for Joshua, as he floored Ruiz in the third round.
However a left hook from the underdog then turned the fight on its head as he put AJ on unsteady legs and went on to return two knockdowns.
He battered the Brit to the canvas a further two times in the seventh, causing the referee to stop the contest.
Whyte himself hurt AJ with a left hook in their 2015 British title clash, and said on Drivetime: “Listen, if you go back to that interview when I fought Anthony Joshua years ago, I said the left hook is his downfall.
“He doesn’t see the left hook coming, he’s open to the left hook.
“I hurt him with it and Andy Ruiz did the same. He doesn’t block punches on his right side.
“If you’ve got a good left hook, you’re dangerous for Anthony Joshua.”
Whyte beat Joshua the first time they fought – as unexperienced amateurs back in 2009.
When they met as professionals six years later, AJ recovered from being hurt to stop Whyte in the seventh.
In the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s bout, the ‘Body Snatcher’ taunted Tyson Fury for showing sympathy towards AJ.
Having since had time to reflect on the shock result, Whyte continued: “I was kinda upset because I wanted to be the first person he lost to.
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“I was the first person he lost to in the amateurs, he was the first person I lost to in the professionals.
“I wanted to be the first person he lost to.
“It’s never nice seeing your countryman losing whether you hate them or not, you know?”