Chris Eubank Jr told Joe Joyce to hold his head high after his devastating knockout loss to Zhilei Zhang.
The Briton was knocked out in the third round of his rematch with Zhang, having also been stopped in the first fight between the two men.
And Eubank, who recently felt defeated against Liam Smith before redeeming himself and winning the rematch, sent a message of support to his compatriot following the defeat.
“As a man who knows how difficult it is mentally and physically to come back from a loss and go straight into a rematch. I have to give all respect to @JoeJoyceBoxing for coming back in there and having everything on the line for a shot at glory and redemption,” Eubank said on social media.
“Very few people understand how difficult it is to do what you did tonight.
“Zhang is one hell of a fighter, congratulations to him and keep your head up Joe, you will be back.”
What’s next for Joyce is unclear, as he is now no longer required for the WBO world heavyweight title, meaning the road to competition will be long.
But before the fight, promoter Frank Warren had mentioned that even if Joyce lost, a rematch with Daniel Dubois, whom he beat in 2020, could be on the table.
As for Zhang, he is now the mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk’s crown.
And he also wants a chance against WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who he called out after his victory.