By Matt Lieberman: Dillian Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) saved his profession tonight in popping out on hearth to attain a formidable fourth spherical knockout victory in his rematch with interim WBC heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (36-3-1, 25 KOs) at The Rock of Gibraltar.
Whyte surprised Povetkin at first of the fourth spherical with a straight proper that set the tone for the spherical. A short while later, Dillian landed an enormous left that despatched Povetkin crashing into the ropes like a rag doll.
Whyte then adopted with a left hook to the top put Povetkin down on his bottom. The Russian fighter’s nook threw within the towel when he climbed off the deck, which was a smart transfer. Povetkin was out of it, and he wouldn’t have been capable of defend himself.
The victory for ‘The Physique Snatcher’ Whyte was a career-saver for him, as if he had misplaced, his goals of preventing for a world title would have been dashed. Who is aware of if Whyte would have been within the place to combat for one more world title once more.
Tonight’s revenge for Whyte was candy, provided that he had been stopped within the fifth spherical seven months in the past by Povetkin on the Matchroom Battle Camp. Whyte didn’t need to take the combat with Povetkin final 12 months, however he selected to, and it blew up in his face.
Fortuitously for Whyte, he was capable of proper the wrongs from his defeat, and he’s now able to combat for a world title in opposition to the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury combat in 2022.
“He’s a troublesome man and I needed to be cautious,” stated Whyte after the combat in speaking about Povetkin. “However I may have completed it early. I’m able to run it again once more. I shouldn’t have misplaced the primary time.
“From the primary spherical, I used to be on to him. I’ll give him a rematch if he desires one. I don’t care. I’ll combat Povetkin once more. I nonetheless consider I could be a world champion and I can beat anybody,” stated Whyte.
Dillian’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated he wish to match him in opposition to Deontay Wilder or Andy Ruiz Jr subsequent if potential. We’ll see if both of these two heavyweights are fascinated about tangling with Dillian after the best way he dispatched Povetkin.
As for Povetkin, it’s anybody’s guess what he’ll do together with his profession. He seemed previous tonight, and never the fighter that he’d been within the first match with Dillian.
Some boxing followers may blame Povetkin’s efficiency on him having contracted COVID 19 late final 12 months. Who is aware of?
All we are able to say is Povetkin seemed dangerous tonight, and he’s going to need to rebuild in opposition to any person. He can’t afford to seem like he did tonight if he faces a prime 15 contender as a result of he gained’t win.
“Whyte carried out completely,” stated Carl Froch to Sky Sports activities. “He didn’t smother his pictures. It was a superb efficiency from Whyte.”
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) March 27, 2021