Dillian Whyte will look to avenge his sickening knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin when the pair take to battle on Saturday night in Gibraltar.
‘The Body Snatcher’ was relinquished of his position as mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury’s WBC belt in August of last year, as Povetkin connected with a thudding left uppercut in the fifth round, ending the contest in a flash.
Seven months on and Whyte now finally has the opportunity for revenge in a bout branded the ‘Rumble on the Rock’.
It has been a long time coming, with the rematch initially scheduled for Wembley Arena in November, only for the bout to be postponed as Povetkin tested positive for coronavirus.
The fight was then intended to be rescheduled for March 6, but both the date and venue had to be changed with Whyte training out in Portugal, which had been on the UK’s ‘red list’.
Nevertheless, the highly anticipated rematch is now upon us, and defeat is simply unthinkable for both fighters, perhaps more so Whyte, who would be a long way off a world title shot with another loss.
Alexander Povetkin (left) and Dillian Whyte (right) squared off on Thursday afternoon
Whyte knocked Povetkin down twice in the fourth round, but was quickly stopped in the fifth
When is Povetkn vs Whyte 2?
The rematch between Povetkin and Whyte is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 27 at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar.
The heavyweights are expected to walk to the ring at around 10.30pm, though that of course will depend on the undercard results.
That, however, we do have a start time for, with the undercard action getting underway at 6pm.
How to watch Povetkin vs Whyte 2
With a fight of such magnitude, it comes as no surprise that Povetkin vs Whyte 2 is a pay-per-view event.
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office, with a cost of £19.95 to purchase.
Those who buy the action will also be able to stream the event online via the Sky Sports Box Office app, player and website.
What happened at the weigh in?
Whyte looked in tremendous shape as he weighed in five pounds lighter than in August 2020
Povetkin weighed in four pounds heavier than in his first encounter with ‘The Body Snatcher’
Dillian Whyte looked in superb shape as he weighed in ahead of Saturday night’s mega-fight.
The Brixton fighter weighed in at 17st 9lbs 3oz (247lbs), which is five pounds lighter than he was in August 2020.
Povetkin, on the other hand, came in four pounds heavier than he did last year at 16st 4lbs 4oz (228lbs).
What happened last time?
Povetkin unleashed a left uppercut seemingly from nowhere to knockout Whyte in one punch
As we look ahead to Saturday night’s action, it’s also worth quickly reminding ourselves of what happened the first time the heavyweight gladiators went to battle.
Whyte came into the bout on the back of 11 straight victories, seeing off the likes of Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and Lucas Browne following his knockout defeat to Anthony Joshua in 2015.
Povetkin was not in such hot form, however, with his age seemingly catching up with him. Entering the bout aged 40 at the time, Povetkin had won just once from his last three fights, with a points victory over Hughie Fury sandwiching his knockout defeat to Joshua and, more recently, his draw with Michael Hunter.
It was Whyte who looked in total control as the fight got underway, repeatedly finding Povetkin’s body with his trademark left hook.
The Brixton fighter made the breakthrough in the fourth round, dropping his Russian counterpart on two occasions, with Povetkin looking dejected on his stool in between rounds.
However, he proved there is plenty of life in him yet, as he feigned a left hook to the body, which he swiftly transitioned upstairs, catching Whyte with a shuddering uppercut that ended the fight in the blink of an eye.
It was a masterful punch that sent shock waves around the makeshift Fight Camp studio.
Povetkin vs Whyte: The records
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Nationality: British, Jamaican
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Povetkin vs Whyte 2: The undercard
- Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte
- Ted Cheeseman vs JJ Metcalf
- Chris kongo vs Michael McKinson
- Fabio Wardley vs Eric Molina
- Erik Pfeifer v Nick Webb
- Youssef Khoumari v Kane Baker
- Campbell Hatton v Jesus Ruiz
Povetkin vs Whyte: The odds
Despite Povetkin’s vicious knockout win in their first encounter, the Russian is actually a significant underdog among the bookies.
It’s Whyte who is favoured at 2/7, while Povetkin is at 11/4.
We can all agree that a draw is highly unlikely, and that is reflected in the odds of 40/1.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
What comes next? Retirement or a world title shot?
This is perhaps the all-important question heading into Saturday’s crucial clash, with defeat potentially disastrous for both fighters.
At 41-years-old, Povetkin simply doesn’t have much time in the sport left, certainly not at the highest level anyway.
With victory, he would likely secure the position of WBC mandatory challenger, which could put him first in line to face the winner of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, who have agreed to a two-fight deal.
With defeat, Povetkin would certainly lose that status, and it’s difficult to imagine anyone taking on the Russian in a voluntary defence. He’d have to work his way back up the rankings once more, and that could take some time.
It’s now or never for Povetkin.
As for Whyte, defeat would see him drop significantly down the heavyweight pecking order, some way below the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr, Deontay Wilder and Oleksandr Usyk.
He went two years as mandatory challenger and still was never granted a title shot, so without that status, it’s hard to see how Whyte gets a crack at a belt.
There are opponents out there for Whyte – a trilogy with Chisora would sell, as would fights against Wilder, Usyk or Ruiz Jr.
However, in the build-up to Saturday’s action, Whyte has himself admitted everything is on the line.
‘It’s the biggest fight of my career,’ he told Matchroom Boxing. ‘I’m coming off a loss to the guy. The good thing is this is Heavyweight boxing. One fight changes everything.’
Eddie Hearn echoed his sentiments, telling Sky Sports: ‘If he loses against Povetkin, that (a title shot) is out – and it’s not just out for six months or a year. That could be out forever.’