Even if his physique has changed, the mindset of Dillian Whyte is still the same. The interim WBC Heavyweight Champion is ready to go to war against Alexander Povetkin this Saturday, August 22.
“I’m ready for chaos and violence,” Whyte stated during a Matchroom Boxing press conference. “I am focused on Povetkin. I will try to hurt him from the first bell. It will be war – that’s what he does. The great thing is that we both do similar things. It’s up to me to do things to make the fight in my favour, and I am capable of that. He is more experienced but I know how to fight, which isn’t something anyone can teach.”
Whyte (27-1) made his professional debut in 2011. The lone loss of “The Body Snatcher’s” career came against Anthony Joshua in 2015. Since then, he is on an eleven-fight win streak, beating the likes of Dereck Chisora, Robert Helenius, Joseph Parker, and Davis Allen. He beat Oscar Rivas in 2019 for the interim WBC Heavyweight Title.
In his last fight against Mariusz Wach, Whyte weighed in at around 270 pounds. Entering “Fight Camp”, it appears that Whyte is in the best shape of his career. Focused than ever, Whyte believes his new mindset is dangerous for anyone in his way.
“I had two fights last year but my mind wasn’t right. I put weight on,” Whyte went on to say. “For my last fight I was nearly 20st. I got myself in shape slowly. I knew who I was fighting, and what it would take. I got into shape. The story of my life is pressure. I’ve been under pressure my entire life. This is just another puzzle. There is more pressure because of the future, but that’s in the future.”
Povetkin (35-2-1) last fought in December as well, fighting Michael Hunter to a split decision draw. He is 1-1-1 in his last three fights, his last win against Hughie Fury for the vacant WBA International Heavyweight Title.
If Whyte was to win, the WBC has ordered him to face off against the winner of the trilogy bout between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. The two are set to fight in December. Fury and Joshua have agreed in principle to fight one another in 2021. Whyte does not seem to be bothered by any of that, as he has dismissed Fury many times. He believes that Povetkin will be the bigger challenge no matter what.
“I’m fighting a consummate professional so I’m not bothered about Tyson Fury,” Whyte stated. “I’m bothered about Povetkin. Povetkin is the most technical fighter I’ve fought. He has beaten a lot of top guys. He’s an Olympic gold medallist. He’s only lost two fights. When the bell goes it doesn’t matter if there’s 100,000 people there or 100 people. You are zoned in.”
As far as a prediction for the fight, anything is possible. “Fight Camp” has resulted in interesting endings to fights. Whyte can see his hands being raised.
“I don’t like to make predictions,” said Whyte. “He (Povetkin) is very experienced and can look after himself. He’s a tough guy. But listen, if I land early? It is night night early. But he can do the same, as well.”
Whyte v. Povetkin will be taking place in the backyard of Matchroom’s U.K. offices in Essex.