Anthony Joshua endorsed Ben Whittaker as a “future champion” in a social media post.
AJ, 32, is currently keeping himself updated as he awaits confirmation of his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight title rematch with Oleksandr Usyk which is set to take place in July.
In the meantime, he has set his sights on future boxing stars, with Whittaker in particular catching his eye.
The 24-year-old is an amateur boxer from the West Midlands who announced himself to the world stage as part of Great Britain’s Olympic team for the 2020 Games in Tokyo when he won silver in the category men’s light-heavyweights.
He won many fans for his celebration and later claimed he wanted to be ‘Mayor of Wolverhampton’.
Since then, Whittaker has continued to impress in the amateur ranks, catching the eye of Joshua who couldn’t resist sharing his impressive form on his Instagram Story.
During a practice session, Whittaker can be seen dodging a left handed jab before catching his opponent with a vicious right hook that left his opponent shaken.
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Joshua is a big fan of Whittaker, with the Olympic silver medalist describing AJ as one of his main supporters.
Speaking on White and Jordan ahead of the start of the Tokyo Games, Whittaker said: “AJ and I know each other well. What can I say? He’s always been one of my biggest supporters.
“I have a few people supporting me. I hope I can make him proud, as well as many other people.
This prompted Joshua to phone talkSPORT. “I was in practice, I was about to start and I just saw Ben on the old FaceTime, so I thought I should jump on it and give him his credit,” he said. he declares.
“He goes all the way, he’s a real talent that one.”
He added: “I would give him all the medals, he is much better than me.
“He’s going to go out there and do his thing, he’s very experienced.
“It’s just a matter of experience. The amateur system is like going to university or college, and the pros are where you actually go to work.
“I feel like he has so much experience now, he has a big chance.
“Do your best, that’s all you can do, Ben. Do your best, have fun, it’s a great time in your life, so have fun. That’s all you can do, that’s all I can ask.
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