Dillian Whyte will seek revenge for his ailing knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin when the pair go to battle in Gibraltar on Saturday night.
The Body Snatcher was relinquished from his position as mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury’s WBC belt in August last year, when Povetkin suffered a thumping left uppercut in the fifth round, ending the game in a flash.
Seven months later, Whyte finally has the chance to get revenge in a fight called ‘Rumble on the Rock’.
It has taken a long time, with the rematch initially scheduled for Wembley Arena in November, only to postpone the fight as Povetkin tested positive for the coronavirus.
The fight was then scheduled to be moved to March 6, but both the date and venue had to be changed with Whyte training in Portugal, which had been on the UK’s ‘red list’.
Nonetheless, the highly anticipated rematch is now imminent, and defeat is simply unimaginable for both fighters, and perhaps even more so for Whyte, who would be a long way from a world title with another loss.
Alexander Povetkin (left) and Dillian Whyte (right) were square on Thursday afternoon
Whyte knocked Povetkin down twice in the fourth round, but was quickly stopped in the fifth
When is Povetkn vs Whyte 2?
The rematch between Povetkin and Whyte is scheduled for Saturday March 27 at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar.
The heavyweights are expected to walk to the ring around 10:30 pm, although that will of course depend on the results of the undercard.
However, we do have a starting time for that, with the undercard promotion at 6 p.m.
How to watch Povetkin vs Whyte 2
With a fight of such magnitude, it’s no surprise that Povetkin vs Whyte 2 is a pay-per-view event.
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office, at a purchase price of £ 19.95.
Those purchasing the promotion can also stream the event online through the Sky Sports Box Office app, player and website.
What happened during the weigh-in?
Whyte looked great when he weighed five pounds lighter than in August 2020
Povetkin weighed four pounds heavier than in his first meeting with ‘The Body Snatcher’
Dillian Whyte looked in excellent shape as he weighed in for Saturday night’s mega fight.
The Brixton fighter weighed 17.9 pounds 3oz (247 pounds), which is five pounds lighter than it was in August 2020.
Povetkin, on the other hand, came in four pounds heavier than last year at 16st 4lbs 4oz (228lbs).
What happened last time?
Povetkin unleashed a left uppercut seemingly out of nowhere to take out Whyte in one fell swoop
Looking ahead to Saturday night’s action, it’s also worth a quick reminder of what happened when the heavyweight gladiators first went to battle.
Whyte entered the fight after 11 consecutive wins, beating the likes of Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and Lucas Browne after his knockout defeat to Anthony Joshua in 2015.
Povetkin wasn’t that hot, though, as his age seemingly caught up with him. At the time when he entered the fight at the age of 40, Povetkin had won only once of his last three fights, with a points victory over Hughie Fury through his knockout defeat to Joshua and, more recently, his draw with Michael Hunter.
It was Whyte who had everything under control when the fight started and repeatedly found Povetkin’s body with his signature left hook.
The Brixton fighter broke through on the fourth round, dropping his Russian counterpart twice, while Povetkin looked dejected on his crutch between rounds.
However, he proved there’s plenty of life left in him as he feigned a left hook to the body, which he quickly brought up and caught Whyte with a shuddering uppercut that ended the fight in an instant.
It was a masterful punch that sent shockwaves around the makeshift Fight Camp studio.
Povetkin vs Whyte: the records
Height: 6ft 2in
Range: 75 ‘
Nationality: British, Jamaican
Height: 6ft 4in
Range: 78 ‘
Povetkin vs Whyte 2: the undercard
- Alexander Povetkin v Dillian Whyte
- Ted Cheeseman v JJ Metcalf
- Chris Kongo to Michael McKinson
- Fabio Wardley vs Eric Molina
- Erik Pfeifer to Nick Webb
- Youssef Khoumari v Kane Baker
- Campbell Hatton against Jesus Ruiz
Povetkin vs Whyte: the odds
Despite Povetkin’s vicious knockout victory in their first meeting, the Russian is actually a major underdog among the bookies.
It is Whyte who is preferred on 2/7, while Povetkin is on 11/4.
We can all agree that a tie is highly unlikely, and that is reflected in the 40/1 odds.
* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication.
What’s next? Retirement or a world title?
This is arguably the single most important question heading into Saturday’s pivotal clash, with a defeat potentially disastrous for both fighters.
At the age of 41, Povetkin simply does not have much time left in the sport, especially at the highest level.
With the win, he would likely secure the position of WBC mandatory challenger, which could put him first in line to take on the winner Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, who have agreed on a two-fight deal.
With defeat, Povetkin would certainly lose that status, and it’s hard to imagine anyone taking on the Russian on a voluntary basis. He should work his way up the rankings again, and that could take a while.
It’s now or never for Povetkin.
As for Whyte, a defeat would drop him significantly in the heavyweight cocking order, well below Andy Ruiz Jr, Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk.
He went on as a mandatory challenger for two years and still never got a title shot, so without that status it’s hard to see Whyte get a rip in the belt.
There are detractors for Whyte – a trilogy featuring Chisora would sell, as would fights against Wilder, Usyk or Ruiz Jr.
However, in the run-up to Saturday’s action, Whyte himself admitted that everything is at stake.
“It’s the biggest fight of my career,” he told Matchroom Boxing. ‘I have a loss for the man. The good thing is, this is heavyweight boxing. One fight changes everything. ‘
Eddie Hearn echoed his feelings, telling Sky Sports, ‘If he loses to Povetkin, that’s (a title shot) out – and it’s not just out for six months or a year. That could be off forever. ‘