Dillian Whyte 2021 Whyte knocks out Povetkin in rematch

Dillian Whyte 2021 Whyte knocks out Povetkin in rematch
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Dillian Whyte Dillian Whyte rematch in Povetkin out Whyte knocks

Sat, 27 Mar 2021 03:00:00 +0000

Some questioned if Whyte was right to take an immediate rematch after a horrific knockout defeat by the Russian in August but after four well-crafted rounds, BBC 

Dillian Whyte kept alive his hopes of a heavyweight world title shot by emphatically gaining revenge over Alexander Povetkin with an impressive knockout win in their rematch.

The Briton, 32, showed smart timing from the off in Gibraltar before a decisive attack in the fourth round.

A right hand sent Povetkin backwards, another sent him into the ropes and a left hook floored him heavily.

He found his feet but was rightly stopped to suffer his third loss.

Only Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko had previously beaten Povetkin in 39 fights.

Some questioned if Whyte was right to take an immediate rematch after a horrific knockout defeat by the Russian in August but after four well-crafted rounds, BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Mike Costello said his performance would "reverberate" around the heavyweight division.

"I am just sad I didn't get it finished in the first round," said Whyte.

"He is a tough guy but I felt I could have finished it early.

"I want the world title."

Whyte will likely need to wait some time for a world title shot if Joshua and Tyson Fury – who hold all four major belts between them – finalise the details for two successive bouts.

August's loss to the wily and experienced Povetkin ultimately cost Whyte his position in the queue for a title fight and a second defeat would have all but wiped out his status as an elite name in the division.

Such was the significance of the bout for his career, late moves were made to switch it to Gibraltar so that Whyte could avoid the disruption of a 10-day quarantine in a Covid-secure UK fight bubble.

Private planes were chartered for stakeholders and Povetkin.

Whyte stayed on a super yacht close to the fight venue.

Those attending from the UK signed up to a handful of Covid-19 tests to make hopes of using the obscure fight base become a reality.

Whyte agreed to a cut in his fight purse to deliver the venue switch and when the lights dimmed at the Europa Point Sports Complex he played his part perfectly in front of 500 fans.

In a robe sporting 'RIP Hagler' in tribute to the late middleweight 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, Whyte bounced on the spot as his ring walk music played, seemingly bristling with energy as the chance to right wrongs drew closer.

From the bell he kept Povetkin's fierce power at distance and his rival – who contracted Covid-19 late in 2020 – looked shaky on his legs early on, losing his balance even as punches flew past his head.

Whyte crisply landed a jab-right hand combination in the second, and he drove home a well-timed counter right in the third before the fourth saw him ruthlessly strike – the decisive left hook delivered with an arrogance befitting of a final blow.

Whyte has admirably taken risk after risk in choosing opponents.

It may still be true that his risk in facing Povetkin in August proves costly to his hopes of landing a title shot.

For 41-year-old Povetkin, retirement now surely looms while for Whyte there are at least exciting possibilities on the horizon again.

This manner of this win shows he is a worthy contender.

He has moved on from a brutal setback in the most emphatic way possible.

Promoter Eddie Hearn speaking to Sky Sports: "His world championship dreams were on the line tonight.

That was a lot of pressure tonight.

Tonight was about getting him back on track.

He wasn't going to be denied.

"He man-handled Povetkin, he battered him from pillar to post.

We are back where we wanted to be.

The aim remains the same, for Dillian to have a shot at the world championship."

BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello: "The key emotion for Whyte will be relief because of all those doors being closed if he didn't win this evening, in the way that they have now closed for Povetkin.

"This opens up a whole range of opportunities.

Yes, he might have to wait for that world title chance but he's used to that.

At least now he is back in a position where he can barter on the back of the performance that he's produced tonight.

"He is now once again a significant factor in the heavyweight division."

Natasha Jonas, first female British Olympic boxer, on BBC Radio 5 Live: "The pressure of needing to win and the expectation weighs differently on different fighters and Dillian proved tonight that he can do it."

British trainer Peter Fury on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was a faultless performance.

Povetkin got beat – it wasn't because he was an old man – he got beat fair and square.

Whyte has a tremendous left hook, that would have put anyone over."


Dillian Whyte Dillian Whyte

Sat, 27 Mar 2021 03:00:00 +0000

In the rematch on Saturday evening in Gibraltar, Whyte again had Povetkin hurt in the fourth round, but this time he closed the show with a spectacular knockout to 

In his first fight with Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte’s failure to finish his opponent despite multiple knockdowns in the fourth round was his undoing.

In the rematch on Saturday evening in Gibraltar, Whyte again had Povetkin hurt in the fourth round, but this time he closed the show with a spectacular knockout to regain the interim WBC heavyweight championship.

When the two met in 2020, Povetkin rose from two fourth-round knockdowns to score a stunning upset knockout in the fifth.

Whyte was sharper in the rematch, working off a strong jab that Povetkin could not manage to avoid from the opening bell.

Those jabs opened up heavy right hands from Whyte that had Povetkin consistently on the defensive.

Povetkin, who battled COVID-19 late in the year, spent much of the fight unsteady on his feet, appearing to have trouble with his footwork throughout the fight and being stumbled repeatedly.

Whyte landed solid power shots in every round, but in Round 3, he appeared close to taking out Povetkin as several overhand rights landed flush.

Povetkin did not appear to have recovered well between rounds and looked on the verge of going down throughout the round before a right hand stumbled him back into the ropes.


Whyte poured on the pressure until Povetkin crumbled to the canvas.

He rose to beat the 10 count, but was on unsteady legs, leading the referee to stop the fight as Povetkin’s corner threw in the towel at the 2:39 mark of Round 4.

“I’m ready to run it again if he wants it again,” Whyte said after the fight.

“If he wants a rematch, if there’s the right money, I’ll run it again.

I shouldn’t have lost the first time.

I’m just annoyed.

The first time I shouldn’t have lost.”

Asked who he wanted to fight next, Whyte asked his promoter, Eddie Hearn, to give him an easy fight to make good money.

Hearn didn’t seem opposed to a quick turnaround, but said the ultimate goals included a big fight with former world champion Deontay Wilder and an eventual world championship bout.

“For me, we called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time,” Hearn said.

“He actually DMed and said I’ll never give you that fight.

Now he’s calling for that fight.

To me, that’s a stadium fight.

I’d like to get him back out again quickly in the summer.

But the goal has always been to get Dillian Whyte a world title.”

Before his stunning KO loss to Povetkin in the first fight, Whyte had been the WBC mandatory challenger for more than 1,000 days.

Now, again with the interim championship, he’s in position to eventually get the opportunity he has been waiting for.

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Dillian Whyte gets presented a Golden Gibraltar National Mint Coin after his victory.


🤝 @DillianWhyte visits Povetkin’s dressing room #RumbleOnTheRock #PovetkinWhyte2

Dillian Whyte watches back his KO vs.


“No one can take that punch from me and stand up, no one.” 🗣️



Alexander Povetkin vs.

Dillian Whyte — Round 4: Whyte cracked Povetkin again, this time badly wobbling him.

Another clean shot landed, but Povetkin continued to remain on his feet, still trying to wing heavy power shots in return.

The Whyte jab has remained a very effective weapon in the fight, snapping Povetkin’s head back with regularity.

Again, a Whyte right hand punished Povetkin as he tried to come inside.

Povetkin rocked badly with a right hand, Whyte follows up with more heavy blows and Povetkin crashes into the ropes and to the floor.

Povetkin to his feet but he’s unsteady and the referee stops the fight as the corner throws in the towel.

Whyte brings a stool over and helps Povetkin sit down after the stoppage.

Great showing for Whyte as he left no doubt.

Official result: Dillian Whyte def.

Alexander Povetkin via TKO4

Dillian Whyte lands a BIG right in the 3rd! 🔥#PovetkinWhyte2

Alexander Povetkin vs.

Dillian Whyte — Round 3: Whyte just missed with a winging right hand before landing a stiff jab.

Povetkin charged in and Whyte slipped to the canvas, but no knockdown called, as was correct.

A big Whyte right hand landed clean to the face of Povetkin, stumbling him back, as did another right hand, but Povetkin remained upright.

Whyte got on his bike and circled around the outside of the ring, picking spots to step in with a hard jab.

Whyte got in one final right hand in the final seconds of the round, securing yet another on the card.

Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Whyte (30-27 Whyte)

Alexander Povetkin vs.

Dillian Whyte — Round 2: Povetkin again was caught off balance early in the round, continuing a trend of unsteady footwork early.

Povetkin tired to swim in with some winging punches, but missed, only to be hit with a one-two combo from Whyte.

Povetkin began to swell under his left eye during the round but continued trying to find a spot for a winging left hook, but missed the mark until the end of the round.

A slower round than the first, but still should tilt Whyte’s way.

Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Whyte (20-18 Whyte)

An exciting start just one minute in! 💥#PovetkinWhyte2

Whyte again got in with a good right hand and he’s looking to land some big bombs early.

Povetkin tried to get back into the swing by taking some odd angles with his punches, but Whyte caught him with another clean right hand.Whyte landed one more hard right to the body before the round came to a close.

Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Whyte

Alexander Povetkin vs.

Dillian Whyte — Round 1: Whyte opened up looking to establish his jab from the jump, throwing a few ast ones down the pipe.

Povetkin tried to respond with his own but Whyte landed some good shots and rocked Povetkin badly.

Povetkin stumbled into the ropes before catching his footing again, all in the opening minute.

Povetkin makes his way to the ring.



Dillian Whyte Is In The Ring 🎸#PovetkinWhyte2

Ring walks are beginning now for Whyte vs.

Povetkin 2.

The fight is fast approaching.

The rematch is up next.

Dillian Whyte vs.

Alexander Povetkin for the interim WBC championship.

Whyte is looking to avenge his shocking knockout loss from last year.

He is a significant favorite to do so.

Main Event Up Next! Who wins the rematch:

Povetkin or Whyte? 🥊

WOW! Fabio Wardley withstands a big right, then knocks out Molina in the 5th! 🧨

Molina had Wardley badly hurt and as he tried to flurry for the finish, it was Wardley who landed the big shots and Molina droped.

Molina failed to beat the 10 count and Wardley has won by knockout.

Molina complained after the fight that he was struck in the back of the head, but this one is over.

Up Next ⏳#PovetkinWhyte2

Molina got roughed up a bit in Round 4, but did manage to fire back down the stretch as Wardley got a bit lazy with his defense.

The heavyweight feature fight continues rolling on to Round 5.

Through two rounds, Wardley looks like the fresher fighter, but he’s not getting in much effective offense against a faded version of Molina, who has twice fought for world titles, losing by knockout to both Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

We are in the first round of Fabio Wardley vs.

Eric Molina, the heavyweight fight serving as chief support for the rematch between Povetkin and Whyte.

The main event will be up next.

Fabio Wardley walked out to ‘Can’t Be Touched’ by @RealRoyJonesJr 🔥

You can tell how much this meant to @Ted_MRFISHER_ 🙌


Cheeseman takes a big right hand and then KOs Metcalf at the bell 🤯

Made up with my debut.

A lot to learn but nice to get the W 🥊 #HurricaneHatton

What A Fight 👏#PovetkinWhyte2

Metcalf lands a BIG right in the 7th! 🔥

Ted Cheeseman UNLOADS on Metcalf in the 4th! 💥#PovetkinWhyte2

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– March 27, 2021
Dillian Whyte 2021 Whyte knocks out Povetkin in rematch
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