Dillian Whyte v Alexander Povetkin II: The Rematch, Free Bets & Betting Offers
When Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin went up against each other in August of 2020, most people thought that Whyte was getting the better of his Russian counterpart. It looked as though the British fighter was finally going to get his shot at a title by taking on either Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder by defeating Povetkin. Then the Russian knocked him out.
It was the finale of Eddie Hearn’s ‘Fight Camp’, which the promoter had come up with in order to find a way through the problems sporting events have faced so far this year. When Whyte challenged Povetkin to a rematch in the hopes of avenging his defeat, the Russian accepted immediately. It is a much bigger gamble for Whyte than for Povetkin, given that the 40-year-old is in the twilight of his career.
Whyte, on the other hand, is now not only trying to position himself as the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury but also to save his faltering reputation. It’s understandable why he’ll have felt the right to a rematch, having had Povetkin on the canvas twice before the Russian delivered a left-handed uppercut that knocked him out cold in the 5th Round.
The rematch was due to come hot on the heels of the original fight, originally scheduled for the 21st November 2020. Povetkin, however, ended up in hospital and the fight was rearranged to 27th March 2021. The fight will now take place in Gibraltar and has been billed “the rumble on the rock”.
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The first thing to do is to have a look at the profiles of both fighters to give ourselves as much information as possible about them in order to figure out which one stands the best chance of winning if history is anything to go by.
Born in Kursk, Russia in September of 1979, Vladimirovich “Sasha” Povetkin was an amateur kickboxer in his early years. This included winning the World Junior Championship in 1997, the World title two years later and then winning a professional European title in 2000. That was the same year that he won his first boxing title in the Russian Championships when he was 21.
It was the start of numerous amateur titles that he would go on to win, culminating in a Gold medal as a super-heavyweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He finished his amateur career with a record of 125 – 7, having avenged all of the losses that he suffered. He took a year off after the Summer Olympics, turning pro in 2005 and signing with the promotors Sauerland Events because they’d allow him to train in Russia.
His professional debut came in June of 2005 when he achieved a TKO against Muhammad Ali Durmaz. Later that year he Knocked Out Cerrone Fox and did the same to John Castle, putting two more wins under his belt before the year was out. More fights followed over the next couple of years, including against some experienced and talented boxers.
The biggest fight of his career came when he took on Ruslan Chagaev for the right to become the ‘Regular Champion’ by the WBA at a time when Wladimir Klitschko was considered the ‘Super Champion’. He defeated Chagaev by unanimous decision. In 2013 the Super Champion went up against the Regular Champion, which Klitschko won by unanimous decision.
When Povetkin failed a drugs test in 2017 he was fined $250,000 and banned indefinitely by the World Boxing Council. The ban was lifted in December of that year, with the Russian having fought unsanctioned fights in the meantime. He had a number of other fights before taking on Anthony Joshua for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in September of 2019, losing by TKO.
Prior to the Dillian Whyte rematach set for November 2020 Povetkin contracted corona virus and ended up in hospital. This lead to the bout being postponed.
Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica, in 1988, the heavyweight boxer was also a champion kick-boxer and a mixed martial arts fighter. Fighting out of Brixton, South London, the Bodysnatcher beat Anthony Joshua as an amateur boxer in his first fight back in 2009. In his professional debut he beat Tayar Mehmed by a 40-36 decision in the fourth round.
Whyte continued to take on journeymen boxers such as Remigijus Ziausys and Hastings Rasani, earning a name for himself until he was banned for testing positive over the illegal stimulant Methylhexaneamine in 2012.
He was ruled out of boxing for two years, cleared to return in October of 2014 and fighting Ante Verunica the following month. Some mildly testing fights followed until he went up against his old foe Anthony Joshua in September of 2015, losing by knockout.
He ended up having shoulder surgery in the weeks after the fight, returning gradually to the ring before a major test against Derek Chisora occurred on the undercard of the Joshua v Molina match. The pair had spent the year feuding on social media, leading to a bitter encounter that Whyte won thanks to two judges scoring it 115–113 and 115–114 in his favour and one giving it to Chisora 115–114.
In the two years that followed, Whyte became the WBC Silver heavyweight by beating Robert Helenius, then defended it by defeating Lucas Browne. Confusion followed over who Whyte would go up against next before it was finally confirmed that he would take on former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Both boxers hit the deck during the fight, but Whyte won by unanimous decision, despite many in the media giving the bout to Parker.
In 2018 Whyte also dispatched Chisora again by KO and in 2019 he defeated both Rivas and Wach, both by unanimous decision. He then took on Povetkin in a match-up rearranged ton August 2020 due to the corona virus induced sport shutdown. Whyte knocked down Povetkin in the 4th but having got back up Povetkin then won by TKO in the 5th.
The rematch comes just 5 months after the last fight, meaning feelings will still be raw and Whyte will be looking to avenge his August loss.
What They Are Fighting For
|Date & Time (UK)||Where||Weight||Title||TV|
|27/03/2021 ~10pm||Gibraltar||Heavyweight||WBC Interim||Sky Box Office|
When Povetkin defeated Whyte in August he became the WBC interim heavyweight, also taking the inaugural WBC Diamond title of the British boxer. That is what the pair are literally fighting for, with Whyte also entering the ring in the hope of restoring his reputation. Where Povetkin is concerned, meanwhile, he feels that he has the ability to deliver a ‘terminal blow’ to Whyte’s long-term ambitions.
Away from the literal titles and the theoretical ambitions that will be on the line, the winner is also likely to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC heavyweight title. Tyson Fury is the current holder of that and if Whyte is defeated by his Russian counterpart for a second time then his chances of getting his hands on the belt will be all but over. That is the key thing that the pair will be going for in this fight.
What Do The Experts Think
Eddie Hearn believes that ‘all of the pressure’ is on the shoulders of Dillian Whyte. He said, “Povetkin and his team ready to go. They don’t see a problem. They’ve knocked him out once, they think they’re going to do it again in November. A very confident Alexander Povetkin, and all of a sudden, all of the pressure lies on the shoulders of Dillian Whyte.” Defeat, he said, would be ‘terminal’ for his world title ambitions.
Hearn is, of course, Whyte’s promoter, so he’s doing his job of building up the fight as much as possible. He said that he’s ‘never seen’ his boxer so motivated to win a fight, with ‘the bad boy’ in him coming out for the rematch. He said, “This is the old Dillian Whyte – that bad guy, that street guy who wants to do a job on Povetkin. This time, it’s strictly business in an absolute must-win fight.”
One of the men that they’re hoping to fight after this, Anthony Joshua, questioned whether Whyte has ‘lost that instinct’ when he got knocked out by Povetkin. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live he said, “I believe if you smell or see a drop of blood you have to take them out. If you leave it a round or two you just don’t know. If a man gets a hope and a lifeline he might just bounce back.”
AJ went on to suggest that he thinks The Body Snatcher will win the rematch, making reference to Povetkin being ‘shaky on the legs’. He said, “I believe he’s a great fighter. It’s a blip in his career. Five years from now it will just be part of the story. He will be able to look back and think it’s a great lesson.” Whether the pair will face off against each other during that time remains to be seen.
Retired professional boxer Johnny Nelson, meanwhile, believes that the loss in the first fight will prove to be a good thing for Whyte in the long-run. He said, “Now, some of the top five or top 10 will say ‘actually, I’ll give him a go now,’ because not many people have fancied getting in there with him. He’s a hard, hard fight. They would have rather pad out their record and get in there with someone they’ve never heard of. Now, after being knocked out, other fighters will think that’s twice now at this level.”
Nelson made reference to other fighters now seeing the ‘blueprint’ to defeating Whyte, with The Body Snatcher having tasted defeat via the same method twice. What he does think, though, is that a win for the Brixton boxer will set him back on track for some big showdowns in the near future against the likes of Fury and Joshua. With Whyte always happy to take on a challenge rather than ‘play the game’ as some fighters do, it could be an intriguing prospect.
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Reach: 75 inches
Record: 39 Fights – 36 Wins (25 by KO) – 2 Losses – 1 Draw
Height: 6 foot 4 inches
Reach: 78 inches
Record: 29 Fights – 27 Wins (18 by KO) – 2 Losses