‘I thought to myself my career was finished’: Dillian Whyte reveals injury he suffered against Anthony Joshua nearly ended his career after doctors told him ruptured shoulder would take two years to heal
- Dillian Whyte suffered the only defeat of his career to Anthony Joshua in 2015
- Whyte has revealed that he had problems with his shoulder in the build-up
- He ruptured the shoulder when he landed a punch on Joshua during the fight
- After surgery he was told he would not regain strength in it for two years, if ever
Dillian Whyte has revealed that the shoulder injury he suffered against Anthony Joshua in 2015 almost ended his career.
Whyte was handed his first and only defeat when he was knocked out in the seventh round by Joshua at the end of a contest in which he had come close to securing a stoppage of his own.
The ‘Body Snatcher’ had come into the fight with his shoulder causing him problems and needed cortisone injections in the build up.
Dillian Whyte feared his career could have been over after undergoing shoulder surgery
And Whyte admits his body failed him on the night, leaving him with an injury that almost made it his last appearance in a boxing ring.
‘I actually did land the punch I wanted to land, but when I landed it, my whole AC joint shattered,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘The pain was intense. My adrenaline was pumping, so I was just trying to keep it in, but the pain was crazy man. Every time I was jabbing or hitting him, it felt like the bone rubbing on bone and there was no power, no snap in the joint anymore.
He had been told that surgery was necessary, even before the fight, and the ensuing operation revealed a series of issues as bones were shaved down to reconstruct his shoulder joint, which had also been severely hampered by arthritis.
Whyte (right) ruptured his shoulder when he landed a punch during his defeat to Joshua
‘I thought to myself my career was finished,’ said Whyte, who was informed that he would not regain the strength in his shoulder for two years, if ever.
‘I’m not going to lie to you. It took me about a year before I really started to get that confidence and self-belief back.
‘I’d just suffered my first defeat as well, my shoulder was shattered. But I thought, at least I fought for the British title. I gave it a run, I had 16 fights, or whatever it was. At least I gave it a try.’
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