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Dillian Whyte calls Anthony Joshua's. KO of Kubrat Pulev 'strange'

‘It was strange; it was like he was trapped between different styles’: Dillian Whyte reacts to Anthony Joshua’s brutal ninth round KO of Kubrat Pulev by questioning his tactics

  • Dillian Whyte praised Anthony Joshua for knocking out Kubrat Pulev on Saturday
  • But, Whyte questioned Joshua’s ‘strange performance’ saying he looked trapped
  • He said the champion allowed Pulev to ‘hang around longer than he needed to’
  • Joshua knocked his mandatory challenger out in the ninth to retain his titles 

Dillian Whyte has praised Anthony Joshua for knocking out Kubrat Pulev on Saturday night, but also questioned his ‘strange performance’.

Joshua knocked his mandatory challenger out in the ninth round to retain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.

However, Whyte felt that AJ was ‘trapped between different styles’ and allowed Pulev to ‘hang around longer than he needed to.’

Dillian Whyte praised Anthony Joshua for knocking out Kubrat Pulev but questioned his tactics

He felt AJ was ‘trapped between styles’ and allowed Pulev to ‘hang around longer’ than needed

Speaking with Sky Sports after the fight, Whyte said: ‘It was a strange performance, but he done good. He got the job done. It was strange; it was like he was trapped between different styles. 

‘He was trying to throw a few things in there but got the victory was going back to the old game and being aggressive because he was switching on, switching off, switching on, switching off but it was a good performance.

‘Could have made easier work of it I think. I think he allowed Pulev to hang around longer than he needed to.’

Joshua hurt Pulev in the third round with a perfectly-timed right hand. He followed up with a series of uppercuts and hooks to see Bulgarian hit the canvas.

It looked as though it could have been all over then, but Pulev managed to continue until the ninth – where Joshua eventually knocked him out. 

 Whyte felt that Joshua should have finished off the fight after the third round knock down

 However, Joshua knocked his mandatory challenger out in the ninth round to retain his titles

Whyte continued to analyse Joshua’s performance, saying: ‘He [Pulev] was such a mid to close range, but he [Joshua] kept him at a long reach for no reason. 

‘I don’t understand, but maybe he wanted to show something different, you know the Fury, Ruiz fight he wanted to show a different side to his game.

‘Pulev is a very tough guy. I am surprised he got up, and then Joshua let him back into the fight four five and six.’

When asked if Joshua will face his fellow British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury next year Whyte said: ‘I don’t know; there seems to be a lot of litigations going on. Obviously the mad situation is me, and Povetkin is still up in the air. 

‘Obviously what is going on with Wilder and Fury, we still don’t know. So still waiting to see.’




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