Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte Live Full Fight Alexander Povetkin has been a top-10 heavyweight for the past decade. He’s 40 years old now, but he’s shown that he still has legitimate skills to be in the position to potentially spring an upset vs. Dillian Whyte on Saturday. Though Povetkin has only won once in his last three bouts and though he fell short during his two world title challenges, he still has power and he still has the technical acumen that brought him the Olympic .
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But Whyte seemingly is the better fighter now. And he has plenty of motivation to continue his 11-fight winning streak. He’s been a mandatory No. 1 challenger for one of the sanctioning bodies for nearly three years now, and he’s tired of waiting to face Deontay Wilder (when he was the belt-holder) and Tyson Fury (who holds that trinket now).
Whyte, though, isn’t always in the best shape, and he’s been caught by punches and knocked down before. Povetkin has the power to knock him out if Whyte isn’t ready for him“He’s giving reigning world champions problems,” Whyte said this week. “He gave [Anthony] Joshua problems. He gave [Wladimir] Klitschko problems. He’s technically sound and carries a good punch.”
t’s been more than 1,000 days that Dillian Whyte has sat atop of the WBC’s ratings.
If he gets beyond Alexander Povetkin this Saturday, he is due to fight the winner of the third contest between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Understandably, Whyte remains skeptical, firmly in the ‘believe it when he sees it’ school of thought having waited so long for his chance.
It seems as though we say it every time he fights, that he’s gambling a seemingly eventually guaranteed shot at Fury by rolling the dice. And for that many salute him. But there are many who don’t. Some thought he should have taken the Wembley rematch with Joshua when he opted to drive a harder bargain and it fell through. Some felt the way he parted company with former trainer Mark Tibbs could have been handled differently.
This is boxing, after all but here we are, Whyte-Povetkin for the WBC’s Diamond belt is upon us.
It’s the first big Box Office fight since coronavirus decimated the boxing diary and it brings the curtain down on Eddie Hearn’s Fight Camp series, four weekends of fights that has largely been well-received.
It should also be a marker for the next round of big events in British boxing, a gutcheck to see whether the pay-per-view market still exists with businesses, big and small, going to the wall – left, right and center.
And what’s the appetite like for big fights and marquee shows with no crowds?
With lockdown over in most places, will many people actually now stay in to watch a fight?
There’s been a real focus on viewing figures since boxing’s return, and it’s clearly still tough out there. There haven’t been many leading names in real tests and in many ways this could make or break the boxing calendar year.
Naysayers at the start – as they always do – condemned the card as not worthy of being on pay-per-view but the addition of the Katie Taylor-Delfine Persoon rematch of one of the fights of last year changed the opinion of plenty.
Of course, there’s no way you could pay Povetkin or Whyte – or perhaps even Taylor – their usual wages without taking it to box office with absolutely no live money coming in from the gate. Not one penny. It’s simply not doable.
And when you take the politics out, be it previous indiscretions, viewing figures, paycheques and so forth, you are left with a fight – a real fight. Whyte is the favourite. Povetkin is 40-years-old and drew with Michael Hunter in his last bout, with many thinking he was shopworn rather than giving Hunter the credit he was due for being a handful and giving Povetkin nightmares with his movement.
Whyte’s high-profile wins over Derek Chisora, Joseph Parker and Oscar Rivas came before a lacklustre marking time victory over Mariusz Wach, accepted while he was heavy and with only around three weeks notice. That was in Saudi Arabia on the same bill as Povetkin-Hunter and Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz.
This fight with Povetkin is not a marking time fight, far from it.
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