Dillian Whyte: Alexander Povetkin Rematch Is ‘Must-Win Fight For Me’
Dillian Whyte feels it’s a do-or-die situation when he meets Alexander Povetkin a second time.
Back in August 2020, Whyte put the interim WBC Heavyweight Championship on the line against Povetkin. Going into the bout, Whyte had mandatory status to fight WBC titleholder Tyson Fury. That status blew up in smoke when Povetkin scored an upset fifth-round TKO victory over Whyte.
During an interview with Matchroom Boxing, Whyte said he realizes the importance of his rematch with Povetkin and plans on stopping his foe (via Boxing 24/7).
“This time I’ll beat him, and we’ll see what people are going to say. One, two or three losses means nothing to a Heavyweight nowadays. If you fight good fighters, the main thing is you can come back. This is a must-win fight for me, but I’m not a guy that worries about pressure. I just smile and take it in my stride.
“I was a fighter a long time before I was a boxer. I’ve been knocking people out for a long time. I carry a lot of power in both hands. Povetkin is a very cagey guy and an experienced guy, a very patient guy. He’s a tough guy as well. Last time I didn’t land properly and he went down, but he showed resilience by getting up and then he stopped me. This time when I hit him he’ll stay down.”
Whyte has only suffered two losses in his pro boxing career. The first defeat was against Anthony Joshua and the other was to Povetkin. Whyte was riding an 11-fight winning streak before running into Povetkin.
Povetkin vs. Whyte 2 will take place on March 27.