Heavyweight Showdown: Whyte-Povetkin To Clash On May 2
From May to August, boxing’s heavyweight scene will be extremely busy. Matchups like Anthony Joshua v. Kubrat Pulev, Oleksandr Usyk v. Dereck Chisora, Tyson Fury v. Deontay Wilder 3 and Adam Kownacki v. Robert Helenius will help shape the division for 2020 and beyond. Now, we can add an interim title fight into the mix.
Matchroom boxing announced that Dillian Whyte will be defending his interim WBC Heavyweight Championship against Alexander Povetkin on May 2 inside the Manchester Arena in London.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) March 3, 2020
“This is a Heavyweight thriller and so important to the landscape of the division,” said Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn. “Dillian Whyte sits as Mandatory Challenger to Tyson Fury and while the wait is frustrating, Dillian continues to take high risk fights and that’s why he is such a fans’ favourite. The last time Dillian fought at this arena, we witnessed all time classic against Derek Chisora, We are planning a huge night in Manchester as Dillian Whyte continues to march towards a shot at the Heavyweight World Title.”
Winning the interim title inside the O2 back in July against Oscar Rivas, Whyte (27-1) is as dangerous as ever. A WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion, “The Body Snatcher” has over 18 wins via knockout. His last fight was in Saudi Arabia during the Anthony Joshua v. Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch, beating Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision.
The only loss on Whyte’s resume came at the hands of Joshua back in 2015. Since then he has beaten a number of world killers, including Chisora, Helenius, Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker. The Brixton native is hoping to face Fury after, as he is the new WBC Champion.
“This is a great fight, Povetkin is an Olympic gold medallist, has loads of experience, he’s a former World Champion and he’s only lost to Joshua and Klitschko,” said Whyte. “He is still very dangerous, he gave AJ a lot of problems and then beat Hughie Fury. I am not overlooking him at all, he will come in shape, he’s tough and very well-schooled.
“You only have to look at his resume to see that he’s always been considered as one of the most fearsome punchers in the Heavyweight division with big KO wins over Huck, Charr, Takam, Wach and Price. He showed in Saudi Arabia that he still has a lot left in the tank and he is still very dangerous. I’ve got respect for him but I’m on to maximum violence, straight animal instinct.”
A former WBA Heavyweight Champion, Povetkin (35-2-1) is coming off of a split decision draw against Michael Hunter. That bout also took place in Saudi Arabia on December 7. The “White Lion” has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua, going five years between losses. Before facing Hunter, the 40-year-old beat Hughie Fury via unanimous decision back in August.
“I am pleased to fight Whyte, it has long been discussed but didn’t happen for whatever reason,” said Povetkin. “Dillian is a good strong boxer and it will make for an interesting fight. I am not about big announcements, I am about winning in the ring, and on May 2nd people will see a spectacular fight.”
Tickets for Whyte v. Povetkin go on sale to the general public on Friday March 6. Fight Pass members will be able to get their tickets on Thursday, March 5. Prices for the event range between £40 and £400.