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Dillian Whyte credits Anthony Joshua for making him ‘less of the caveman’

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Dillian Whyte says he learned from his lone defeat.

Dillian Whyte and Lucas Browne Press Conference Photo by Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images

Dillian Whyte has one pro loss in his boxing career, coming to Anthony Joshua back in December 2015, and Whyte now credits that fight with changing his perspective and approach to the sport.

From ESPN:

“My whole career I’ve been training by myself. I looked around after that fight and I realised my conditioning wasn’t the greatest but I’m more scientific now and less of the caveman -- you have to be in this day and age.”

... “Science and facts work and it shows what I was doing was wrong. When me and Joshua clashed he had all the science and backing behind him from the English Institute of Sport. But I was doing it all by myself. When you are coming up against someone like that it does make a difference to have all this support. I’ve been trying to assimilate what he has been doing in my own training. I’ve got a garage with bags and a ring in it for the boxing side of it. It works.”

Whyte (22-1, 16 KO) has won six straight fights since losing to Joshua, including a December 2016 war with Dereck Chisora and his last bout, an October 2017 win over Robert Helenius.

He takes his new approach into a big fight on Saturday against Lucas Browne (25-0, 22 KO) in London, hoping a win will propel him into a world title fight — and possibly a rematch with Joshua.