For the primary four rounds of Dillian Whyte’s bout with Alexander Povetkin in August 2020, all was getting to plan. Then, with only one punch from Povetkin, everything changed. Hewett’s compulsive challenger for the WBC Championship but before Pattkin hit the canvas, a thorn in the side of Poetkin’s ruthless big hand had spread that caused Hewitt to spend several thousand days in the cold.
Whyte was biding his time for an attempt at becoming heavyweight world champion, a chance that was unlikely to return any time soon with a logjam of potential super fights within the division involving Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, and Deontay Wilder. But he appeared to be able to remain in his position after demolition Povetkin twice within the fourth round of their first meeting.
Just 30 seconds into Round 5, Povetkin slipped a punch, dipped to the left, and unloaded with an uppercut that sent Whyte crashing to the canvas to attain the large upset.Povetkin has only lost twice in his pro career, both coming when he received an opportunity to fight for the planet title. He first lost a choice to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 before being knocked out by Anthony Joshua in 2018. Another win against Whyte would keep Povetkin within the search for one final shot at world championship glory before he steps faraway from the game.
This card might not be that deep, but it’s some interesting fights for the U.K. fans to urge invested in. Ted Cheeseman is back when he takes on James Metcalf during a super welterweight bout. He’s amassed a 1-2-1 record while challenging for British and European super welterweight titles. Now, he takes on Metcalf for the once more vacant British super welterweight title.
The reality is that Whyte is just the higher boxer in 2021. Povetkin landed a near-perfect clock in the primary meeting, but boxing doesn’t often let a Cinderella story rest, and mandatory rematch clauses mean promoters are ready to quickly “set things right.” Whyte was handling Povetkin well through the primary four rounds of their fight, though Povetkin had been performing some sneaky work to the body within the early rounds. Povetkin is once again a straight-live underdog, especially why Povetkin has a big defensive responsibility as a legally good boxer. However, Povetkin is coming off about with COVID and is sort of up there in years.