After more than 1,000 days as the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight world title, Dillian Whyte ran into Alexander Povetkin. The Russian was able to pull off a big upset this past August, getting up from the canvas twice to score a crushing fifth-round knockout of Whyte and claim the WBC interim heavyweight title.
Povetkin, 41, will now defend that same title in a rematch with Whyte from Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. ET, DAZN). Whyte will be looking to get back his status as mandatory challenger in hopes that the logjam of superfights at the top of the division involving Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder eventually clears enough to allow him the shot he’s been waiting for for years.
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Fight card, results
- Dillian Whyte (c) def. Alexander Povetkin via fourth-round TKO
- Fabio Wardley def. Eric Molina via fifth-round knockout
- Ted Cheeseman def. James Metcalf via 11th-round knockout
- Nick Webb def. Erik Pfeifer via second-round TKO
- Campbell Hatton def. Jesus Ruiz via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
- Michael McKinson def. Chris Kongo via unanimous decision (95-94, 96-94, 97-93)
Povetkin vs. Whyte scorecard, live coverage
Dillian Whyte faces Alexander Povetkin for a second time after his stunning knockout defeat to the Russian at Matchroom HQ last summer.
The Briton will hope to gain revenge and close in on a world title shot with both compatriots Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury on a collision course to unify all four world titles. The probability of the winner of that highly-anticipated fight holding on to all four belts beyond their first meeting is far from certain, which could lead to Whyte or Povetkin scooping up an opportunity to win a vacant belt.
Whyte is fully aware of the importance this fight holds in his career, and after patiently waiting for so long a second defeat to the veteran Russian will likely leave him a long way back from what he craves most, a shot to become the heavyweight champion of the world: “It’s the most important fight of my career.
“But I’ve been through ups and downs my whole life; I’m used to coming back and proving people wrong, I’m used to showing people what I can do if they write me off. The main thing is to win. I’m a competitor and I hate losing at anything so I want to make it 1-1. That’s the plan.”
Beyond the heavyweight main event, there is plenty to get stuck into and enjoy on the undercard of what is billed as Rumble on the Rock, look out for Ted Cheeseman and JJ Metcalf battling for the British super-welterweight title, while two of the country’s very best welterweights Chris Kongo and Michael Mickinson collide, not to mention Campbell Hatton’s debut and more heavyweight action between Fabio Wardley and former world title challenger Eric Molina – stay tuned for all the action, live updates, analysis and undercard results on a massive night for British boxing.