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Sat, 27 Mar 2021 03:00:00 +0000
Whyte twice put Povetkin on the canvas in the first bout last August, only to see the former WBA champion defeat him with a fifth-round knockout
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Dillian Whyte insists being “written off” will spur him on to deliver a career-best performance in Saturday’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin.
British heavyweight Whyte weighed in at 17st 9lbs 3oz for Saturday’s eagerly anticipated clash that will be staged in Gibraltar, and in front of 500 fans.
Whyte twice put Povetkin on the canvas in the first bout last August, only to see the former WBA champion defeat him with a fifth-round knockout.
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But now the 32-year-old – five pounds lighter than the first fight – is in the mood for revenge, and issued a word of warning to those he believes have already dismissed his chances.
“The first fight was good, and fair play to him he landed a good punch,” said Whyte.
“I’m glad he took the rematch and that we’re here.
“I just love fighting, I enjoy what I do.
It’s been difficult for everyone this last year.
I’m just doing my part to try to bring our beloved sport back to some kind of normality.
“This fight is as big as any fight, so I’m just glad everything is safe and it’s the best place to be to have a crowd.
It’s going to be jumping.
“It’s the most important fight of my career, but I’ve been through ups and downs, and I’m used to being knocked down and getting back up.
“I’m used to showing people what I can do when I’ve been written off.
I’m still improving, constantly.
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— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) March 26, 2021
“He’s a good fighter, but I’m still learning, improving and getting better every day.
The main thing is to win, I’m a competitor.
“I’ll get the win however I can, I know I can adapt.
I’ll do whatever I need to do, my coaching team has worked hard on different plans.”
Russia’s dangerous operator Povetkin insisted the first fight has already been put to bed, remaining determined not to let his victory colour what happens this weekend.
“I’m very happy to be in this unusual venue, and I feel relaxed and confident,” said Povetkin.
“I just want to produce good boxing on Saturday, that’s all I’m thinking right now.
Alexander Povetkin and @DillianWhyte have weighed in ahead of Saturday’s big rematch.
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— Sky Sports (@SkySports) March 26, 2021
“I’ll almost forget the last fight; it’s a done story.
Dillian will be better in the second fight than the first.
“So I must be more careful to pay attention to my defence, and forget the story of the first fight.
“I don’t have this mind and feeling that I will knock him out.
“I just want to come out and win, it could go the distance, I’m not focused on the knockout.
I just need to follow my plan.”
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If Dillian wins spectacularly on Saturday night, I would like to see him fight Deontay Wilder in the summer or Autumn," Whyte could pursue his bitter American
If Dillian wins spectacularly on Saturday night, I would like to see him fight Deontay Wilder in the summer or Autumn,” Whyte could pursue his bitter American rival if he defeats Alexander Povetkin on Saturday
Saturday 27 March 2021 08:03, UK
Dillian Whyte must wait for a world title fight if he defeats Alexander Povetkin, but is Deontay Wilder an ideal next opponent? The Panel have given their verdict…
Whyte can avenge his shock defeat in Saturday’s rematch with Povetkin, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with victory propelling the British contender back in contention with the division’s champions.
But with Anthony Joshua set to face Tyson Fury in an undisputed world title fight, who could be another likely rival for Whyte?
The Panel have considered whether Whyte could earn a huge grudge fight against Wilder if he overcomes Povetkin…
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I would love to see him fight Wilder.
I think he can beat Wilder, but it’s such a dangerous fight for Whyte.
He’s in a tough position, because he lost that first fight with Povetkin and now he’s no longer the mandatory challenger.
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Let’s see how he gets on against Povetkin, I think he wins, then look at what options he’s got before he jumps in there with Wilder.
If he fancies it, and he’s confident, get in there, because that would be a big statement.
If he can go in there with Wilder in his next fight and get the win, it could set up a shot at the winner of Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury.
I’d like him to fight Deontay Wilder.
I think that’s a fight that’s been talked about for a long time.
It’s been in the pot, bubbling away.
We really want to see Wilder back in the ring.
He could come back against someone like Andy Ruiz Jr, Charles Martin, but he could also fight Dillian Whyte.
I think the build-up would be fantastic.
There’s real needle and spice between the two of them and they are great talkers.
They could blend into a fantastic fight.
They both might need each other.
If Dillian wins spectacularly on Saturday night, I would like to see him fight Deontay Wilder in the summer or Autumn.
If Dillian Whyte wins on Saturday, he then has to make a statement.
Fight somebody like Wilder, fight somebody like Andy Ruiz Jr.
People then think, ‘woah,’ this guy has beaten a former world champion.
These are the guys that he will have to get in with, to stamp his authority.
I want to see him fight a Wilder or Ruiz Jr to stake his claim for the winner of Joshua against Fury.
It’s only a fight ago that Wilder was the most dangerous heavyweight in the world.
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Ahead of his rematch against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night, @DillianWhyte says that this time around he won't be the one who gets knocked out 👊
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Going into the fight with Fury, a lot of people were picking him.
It’s only the way that Fury dismantled him, and mentally he seems to have unravelled, but you can’t forget that he’s got absolute dynamite in those fists.
That would be a massive fight for Dillian and the build-up would definitely be lively.
Wilder-Whyte is a stunning fight.
I’ve been trying to make that fight for years.
I think once Whyte can beat Povetkin, then we can look at those kinds of fights with more confidence.
First things first, everything is on the line.
I would love to see him fight Deontay Wilder.
That’s a tremendous fight and he’s a recent world champion, along with Andy Ruiz Jr.
I would be looking at Deontay Wilder or Andy Ruiz, because if he can beat either of those two, then that puts him in that top bracket.
That’s what he would have to do, if he beats Povetkin.
What would be the point of taking a fight similar to the ones he had against Parker and Rivas? Good, bold fights though they were at the time, it’s just no point in fighting one of them again.
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