Anthony Joshua has backed Ben Whittaker as a ‘future champion’ in a post on social media.
AJ, 32, is currently keeping himself ticking over as he awaits confirmation of his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight title rematch with Oleksandr Usyk which is expected to take place in July.
In the meantime, he has been casting his eye over boxing stars of the future, with Whittaker in particular catching his eye.
The 24-year-old is an amateur boxer from the west midlands who announced himself on the world stage as part of Great Britain’s Olympic squad for the 2020 games in Tokyo when he won silver in the men’s light-heavyweight category.
He won many fans for his celebration and subsequent claim that he wanted to be ‘mayor of Wolverhampton.’
Since then, Whittaker has continued to impress in the amateur ranks, capturing the attention of Joshua who couldn’t resist sharing his impressive form on his Instagram story.
During a sparring session, Whittaker can be seen dodging a left-hand jab before catching his opponent with a vicious right hook that left his opponent looking shook.
Joshua is a big fan of Whittaker, with the Olympic silver medallist describing AJ as one of his main supporters.
Speaking on White and Jordan before the Tokyo Games began, Whittaker said: “Me and AJ know each other well. What can I say? He’s always been one of my main supporters.
“I’ve got a few people backing me. Hopefully I can make him and a lot of other people proud.”
It prompted Joshua to phone talkSPORT. “I was in training, I was about to start and I just saw Ben on the old FaceTime, so I thought I’ve gotta jump on and just give him his credit,” he said.
“He’s going all the way, he’s a real talent this one.”
He added: “I’d give him every medal, he’s much better than I was.
“He’s gonna go out there and do his thing, he’s very experienced.
“It’s just about the experience. The amateur system is like going to university or college, and then the pros is where you actually go to work.
“I feel like he’s got so much experience now, he’s got a great chance.
“Just do your best, that’s all you can do, Ben. Just do your best, have fun, it’s a great time in your life, so just have fun. That’s all you can do, that’s all I can ask for.”