Alexander Povetkin Motivated Against Interim Champion Dillian Whyte
Although he is close to 41, Alexander Povetkin believes he has a lot more left in the tank. He will use that confidence against interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte on August 22 during “Matchroom Fight Camp’s” last week of action.
The two were supposed to fight one another on May 2 in Manchester, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. Speaking with Matchroom Boxing on its YouTube program, Povetkin (35-2-1) discussed what a loss would mean against the number one-ranked fighter with the WBC.
“I don’t see this as a last chance,” Povetkin stated, via Boxing Scene. “What’s most important is my preparation and my boxing. Box beautiful with a result. The key factors depend on my training and my conditions.”
A former WBA Heavyweight Champion, Povetkin is coming off of a split decision draw against Michael Hunter in Saudi Arabia on December 7. The “White Lion” has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua, going five years between losses. Klitschko ended a 26-fight win streak as Povetkin fought for the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring Heavyweight Titles.
Before facing Hunter, the 40-year-old beat Hughie Fury via unanimous decision back in August.
Winning the interim title inside the O2 back in July against Oscar Rivas, Whyte (27-1) has over 18 wins via knockout. His last fight was also in Saudi Arabia, beating Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision. He is on track to face the winner of Deontay Wilder v. Tyson Fury III. Povetkin believes that to be a distraction as he is right in front of Whyte.
Povetkin is ready to put on a show when his “Matchroom Fight Camp” fight comes. He believes the best is yet to come.
‘They must expect a beautiful and tremendous fight,” said Povetkin. “With my motivation, I’m ready to box wherever my age. I made a few mistakes against Michael Hunter [in my last fight]. That’s why it looks this way. I had to recover, but I won’t make these mistakes with Dillian Whyte, that’s for sure … Having amateur experience gives some advantages to the boxer, but this is not the key. You have to go through many professional fights.”