Former Boxing champion, Vitali Klitshcho has regretted his actions during his brother, Wladmir’s defeat to Anthony Joshua in London.
The Ukrainian boxer fell to a shock defeat in the hands of Nigerian-Briton boxer Anthony Joshua at the Wembley stadium much to the dismay of Vitali who was ringside during the bout.
The former boxer has now revealed he feels guilty for his Wladmir’s loss to Joshua after advising him about cooling down in the sixth round when he floored the 27-year-old boxer.
Vitali told Boxingscene: “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.”