Dillian Whyte won’t have to wait long to try and avenge his shocking August knockout loss to Alexander Povetkin, with the rematch now official for Nov. 21. The fight date was confirmed by Matchroom Boxing on Tuesday, one day after Whyte promised the fight news would drop. Fans can aslo enjoy to Watch Whyte vs Povetkin 2 Fight Live Online.
Whyte served as the WBC No. 1 contender for more than 1,000 days, including holding the WBC interim heavyweight championship before he ran into Povetkin in what was viewed by many as a stay-busy bout. The initial meeting, which took place Aug. 22 at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp, was going according to script through four rounds, including Whyte scoring two knockdowns in Round 4.
Everything changed on a single punch in the fifth round. As Whyte pushed forward, he left himself open for a lead uppercut from Povetkin, a shot that knocked Whyte out cold before he even hit the canvas. Povetkin never reached the heights expected of him early in his career, but the 41-year-old proved to still be a live threat in any fight with this brutal finish.
The loss snapped an 11-fight winning streak for Whyte and ended a long period of waiting for Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder to sort things out in their WBC world title rivalry. Whyte and Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn both expressed interest in an immediate rematch, and now they’ll get their wish, though the venue for the fight has not yet been confirmed.
Whyte was knocked out by Povetkin but they will collide in a high-stakes rematch on Saturday November 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with London’s Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall under consideration as venues depending on coronavirus regulations. If he wants to fight for a world title, everything is on the line in this fight, Whyte’s promoter Hearn told Sky Sports News.
In that sense, everything is on the line in his career. It was a big shock especially because he was controlling the fight. It was a brutal knockout. Whyte is so hungry to win. Many people think he’s foolish taking the rematch so early. He thinks he should have won the fight, wants the chance to avenge the defeat, and wants to do it quickly.
Povetkin took over Whyte’s status as the mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight championship. Whyte has the opportunity to emphatically claim back that opportunity to challenge for a world title for the first time. We’ve gone from Whyte trying to win that fight to become mandatory to Fury, to him needing to win to save any chance he has of challenging for a world title, said Hearn.
Povetkin is mandatory to Fury. The winner of this fight will be mandatory to Fury – it’s just a case of when. Whyte had the date locked in and, if he wins, will be pushing for that date to be reinstated. But in my mind is victory only. The world championship fight will come. But if you lose this fight? Forget about that, sling it in the bin. You must beat Povetkin.