Dillian Whyte(28-2, 19 KOs) flattened Alexander Povetkin(36-3-1) with a huge left hook to drop and earn a fourth-round TKO in their rematch at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar on Saturday.
The rematch was originally scheduled to take place in November, but Povetkin tested positive for COVID-19.
The 32-year-old Whyte had Povetkin on the brink of a knockout throughout their second heavyweight battle and closed the show dramatically, returning the favor after he lost to the Russian last year.
“I was so close, and then one lapse in concentration, and I made a mistake,” Whyte said. “Tonight, I was like ‘yo’, I’m looking to beat some a** tonight. I was trying to get it done in the first round, but then I had to relax. Anybody on the planet that gets hit with that left hook they’re going down. Some of them might get up, but most will stay down. He was kind of badly hurt. Now I feel bad. I want him to go home to his family healthy.
“One loss, two-loss so what. It was a good learning fight for me because I had to think in there. I was rushing him, but I had to think also. He’s still very heavy-handed, and he’s still very good. I’m going to spend some time with my family and just relax. I’ll probably call Eddie tomorrow and ask him what we’re doing next. I want to make the most of it now and retire good and healthy.”
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn would like to see him fight former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.
“For me, we called for the Deontay Wilder fight for a long, long time,” Hearn said. “He actually DMed and said I’ll never give you that fight. Now he’s calling for that fight. To me, that’s a stadium fight. I’d like to get him back out again quickly in the summer. But the goal has always been to get Dillian Whyte a world title.”
It should be interesting to see what’s next for Whyte, who regained the WBC interim title with the victory over the 41-year-old Povetkin. A fight with Wilder would be fun. He’s also in line to face WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but he’ll be fighting unified champion Anthony Joshua next, so who knows what will happen with Whyte, but he’s sure happy to get his hand raised once again.
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