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Vitali Klitschko Blames Himself For His Brother's Loss To Joshua

Vitali Klitschko Blames Himself For His Brother's Loss To Joshua

Wladimir Klitschko lost to Anthony Joshua a month ago but Vitali Klitschko, the older of the Klitschko brothers, says he still feels guilt for some advice he had given his brother during the fight.

Vitali Klitschko was part of the coaching team and when it looked like Wladimir was about to win, flooring Joshua in the 6th round, he dramatically declined and at the end lost out via stoppage in the 11th round of the Heavyweight Title fight.

"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 saw what happened. In the heavyweight division, each punch can be decisive.

"I blame myself for the defeat of my brother, I share some of the blame. When Wladimir almost knocked Joshua out, I gave him the wrong advice.

"I was positive that Joshua, with his huge muscle mass, would not be able to last [the distance]. I advised Wladimir not to rush anything. I had hoped that after the seventh, the eighth round, Joshua would really slow down.

"Now I think that maybe it was a mistake, maybe it was necessary to finish him off sooner."

Concerning The Support For his Brother

"To be honest, Wladimir has nothing more to prove," said Vitali. "I do not know any other boxers who have gathered as many titles and defended them all, dominating for more than 10 years.

"He has nothing to prove, but whatever decision he makes - I will support him."
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