Artur Beterbiev Talks Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte Rematch
Artur Beterbiev is giving his take on Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte II.
Back on August 22, Povetkin challenged Whyte for the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship. Whyte had mandatory status to fight the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III. That blew up in smoke when Povetkin scored the fifth-round TKO win.
Whyte is exercising his rematch clause and will fight Povetkin again on November 21. The interim WBC Heavyweight Championship will be on the line again. There is no guarantee that Whyte will get the mandatory status back if he wins.
WBC and IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion Beterbiev spoke to journalist Vasiliy Konov and explained why he feels Povetkin will be in for a tough time in the rematch with Whyte (via Boxing Social).
“It will be more difficult for Povetkin in a rematch. As one of [my] coaches said, if you beat a person, then it is even more difficult to achieve victory the second time around. Maybe somewhere inside in the subconscious there will be such a thought, ‘Well, I already beat him, especially by knockout.’ A lot of boxers make this kind of mistake. And the loser is even better tuned in for the rematch, he is more motivated.”
Beterbiev has been perfect in his pro boxing career. He has a record of 15-0. All of his wins have come by way of knockout. He is set to defend his WBC and IBF gold against Adam Deines.