The older half of the Klitschko brothers is apparently taking all the blame for his little brothers loss against Anthony Joshua. Vitali Klitschko, who was cornering his younger brother Wladimir, says that he simply gave the wrong advice during the fight against Joshua.
“I blame myself for the defeat ofÂ my brother, IÂ share some of the blame. When Wladimir almost knocked Joshua out, I gave him the wrong advice. I wasÂ positive that Joshua, with his huge muscle mass, would not be able to lastÂ [the distance]. I advised Wladimir not to rush anything. I had hoped that after the seventh, the eighth round… Joshua would reallyÂ slow down. Now I think that maybe it was a mistake, maybe it was necessary to finish him off sooner,” said Vitali in an interview with boxingscene.com
After Joshua’s eleventh round knockout victory the two brothers went back to the locker room and accepted what had just happened.
“Immediately after the fight, we were barely speaking . We do not need to talk, it was just enough to look into each other’s eyes. Only in the locker room, I thanked him for one of the best fights of his career. I know how important this fight was for him, and unfortunately we sawÂ what happened. In the heavyweight division, each punch can be decisive,” told the older Klitschko.
It is expected that Wladimir is going to announce his decision within two weeks. No matter what the decision will eventually be – his brother will support him all the way.
“To be honest, WladimirÂ has nothing more to prove. I do not know anyÂ other boxers who have gathered asÂ many titles and defended them all, dominating for more than ten years. He has nothing to prove, but whatever decision he makes – I will support him,” summarised Vitali.