Alexander Povetkin Reflects On Dillian Whyte Win
In what could be considered the biggest moment of 2020, Alexander Povetkin put his name back in title contention with one shot. The former WBA Heavyweight Champion beat Dillian Whyte via knockout for the interim WBC Heavyweight Title. Following the win, he was welcomed back to Russia like a conquering hero.
The 40-year-old ended up reflecting on the fight and what it meant to him. He also talked about future plans, which includes a rematch with Whyte sometime in November.
“It was perhaps the best shot of my career. I haven’t watched the fight back, haven’t seen it,” Povetkin stated, via Boxing Scene. “We worked on that shot in training. People can think what they want whether it was a lucky punch or not. There’s that many experts in boxing that I already don’t know what to say about it all!
“Right now I have a rematch, I’m not thinking about [who I will face next]. What can I say about [Tyson] Fury? He’s a strong, skilled boxer, maybe not as technical as [Anthony] Joshua, but I can’t say anything bad about him.”
While Povetkin would be interested in facing the winner of Deontay Wilder v. Tyson Fury III in December, he knows he must wait a while. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has stated that Povetkin would not take Whyte’s mandatory shot, which was due in February 2021. That would mean that if Fury were to win, he would be one step closer to facing Anthony Joshua. Joshua must first get past Kubrat Pulev, however.
Both Joshua and Fury have agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021.
With the win, Povetkin (36-2-1) is 2-1-1 in his last four fights. The only two losses of his career have come against Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko. With a rematch clause written in the contract between Whyte and Povetkin, it is unknown just how close either would actually be to a true title opportunity. World of Boxing CEO and Povetkin promoter Andrey Ryabinsky discussed his client’s ability and why they would risk taking the second fight.
“Why did we want the rematch clause? Because first and foremost, we need to look after the interests of our boxer,” Ryabinsky stated. “For Povetkin, he has the chance to earn decent money out of the current situation and if we have a chance to do that for our boxer, of course we will do that. Being the number one contender is never easy. It could last for a year or even two. Fighting now is also a must. That’s the case in a few words. The matter is a lot deeper and a lot more complicated but that’s our position.”
As of now, no official date for the Povetkin v. Whyte rematch has been confirmed.