Alexander Povetkin faces Dillian Whyte in rematch on March 6th

Dillian Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn reports that his fighter will be taking on interim WBC heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in a rematch on March 6th.

If ‘The Body Snatcher’ Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) is victorious, Hearn hopes to put together a fight between him and Deontay Wilder.

Hearn is getting way ahead of himself, though; Whyte may end up getting knocked out again by Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs).

It didn’t go well for the 32-year-old Whyte last August when he was knocked unconscious in the fifth round by the 41-year-old Povetkin at the Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex, UK.

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Whyte came into the fight as a big favorite, and he looked like he was on his way to victory when Povetkin landed a peach of a left uppercut in round five that ended the night.

The fight will likely be on Sky Box Office once again in the UK and DAZN in the U.S.

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From Povetkin’s perspective, he shouldn’t be giving Whyte a rematch. Povetkin won the interim WBC title from Whyte, and he’s now the mandatory challenger to World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Povetkin shouldn’t have to risk that by running it back against a fighter that he knocked out clinically.

There’s no controversy about the results of the Povetkin vs. Whyte fight last August. Povetkin won by a fifth-round knockout. Yeah, we heard Whyte blaming the loss on him making a silly mistake, but he’d been doing the same thing throughout the contest.

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It’s easy to second-guess the wisdom of Whyte taking on Povetkin in a rematch, given how badly he was knocked out last time they fought. But Dillian will have had seven months for his brain to recover from the knockout by the time he faces Povetkin on Marc 6th.

Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte - Boxing News

That’s still not a lot of time, but it’s a lot better than the originally scheduled rematch in December. That fight was postponed after Povetkin tested positive for COVID 19. He’s since recovered from the illness, but we don’t know the state of Povetkin’s lungs.

Povetkin might be worse off than Dillian with him coming off a knockout. If the fight goes beyond the fifth round, you have to give Whyte the edge. Coming back that quickly from any flu is tough, but for COVID 19, it’s got to be really tough.

Hearn and Whyte are in a good position to avenge the loss to Povetkin, but you never know. Whyte may still be reeling from that knockout he suffered, and Povetkin has one of the best uppercuts in boxing.

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If he can continually catch Whyte with the same shot in the rematch, it’s only a matter of time before he knocks his block off.

Alexander Povetkin, Dillian Whyte - Boxing News

The fun part about the Povetkin-Whyte rematch is what will be said afterward if Whyte gets knocked cold for a second time.

Will Hearn get on his soapbox and start talking about a third fight between them, or he let Povetkin move on and challenge the winner of the fights between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury?


10 thoughts on “Alexander Povetkin faces Dillian Whyte in rematch on March 6th”

  1. it might be another obstacle for this fight, Povetkin will try to avoid it in any cost. His team will declare the injury or something else. Without drugs and big, big luck Povetkin has no chance.

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  2. Povetkin isn’t an Olympic Gold medalist for nothing. He has coupled talent with experience and he used every ounce of it against Whyte. Dillian was in control, dropped his man twice then leaves himself open. When you slow the move down it was a great slip and uppercut “bam” lights out, but Whyte shouldn’t be dropping his guard, metaphorically speaking, like that in such a fight against such a clever opponent. Complacency crept in. Dillian will likely start as favourite again but I won’t be at all surprised if Povetkin does him again either by KO or on the cards

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  3. There’s two ways of looking at this situation – there’s Michael Collins’ view and then there’s looking at it from Dillian Whyte’s perspective.
    Whyte was the WBC mandatory challenger for over 1000 days (approx 3 years) and while still waiting for a title shot he decided he needed to stay active and took the Povetkin fight – that’s a risk he didn’t have to take, but he did, and so of course in order to cover that risk the contract had a rematch clause in it.
    Povetkin signed that contract and so Whyte is entitled to insist on the rematch.

    The rematch will require Whyte making adjustments from the first fight – if he can then I think he’ll win, probably by KO at some point, if he can’t then it’ll be the same result as the first – an interesting fight.

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  4. Wow!
    If only Eddie was as diligent and persistent with making the big fights we have been waiting eons for him to make as he has been in making this rematch for Dillian we wouldn’t all be pxssxd off and disillusioned with the heavyWAIT division.

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  5. He will get koed again. That was not a lucky punch. It was a trap and dillian got caught. Povetkin sets traps. I see povetkin getting hurt but surviving and setting another trap. Povetkin has a very high boxing IQ. Wlad had to constantly hold him to win. AJ was hurt in the first round against him. He is very good. I think he has enough left to win again

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  6. Your writing style is terrible and so is your insight. This rematch was probably contractually obliged and the first match was exciting so why wouldn’t we want to see it? Also, this going passed round 5 starts tipping the balance in povetkins favour IMO who is the better boxer but more vulnerable than Whyte. Whyte needs to press for a maximum violence TKO within three rounds.

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