Dillian Whyte gets revenge with emphatic knockout win over Alexander Povetkin

Whyte back on track (Picture: Mark Robinson/Matchroom)

Dillian Whyte has secured revenge over Alexander Povetkin with an emphatic fourth round knockout victory over the Russian.

Whyte was on course for a shot at the WBC heavyweight title until his world was rocked at Matchroom Fight Camp last year, knocked out cold by Povetkin in the fifth round having dominated the first four.

The Brixton fighter is now firmly back on track after avenging that devastating defeat in Gibraltar and will hope to once again become the mandatory challenger for the title currently held by Tyson Fury.

Within minutes of regaining consciousness in Eddie Hearn’s back garden last August, Whyte demanded a rematch against the battle-hardened Russian, twice a world title challenger against Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and Anthony Joshua in 2017.

That night, Whyte cleanly outboxed his opponent early on, efficiently outworking Povetkin to score two knockdowns in the fourth before that fifth round shock.

Whyte produced a spectacular performance to get the win) Dave Thompson Matchroom)

The Londoner started the rematch with more spite in his shots, knocking his opponent off balance in the first round after throwing some heavy right hands.

A vicious right straight down the middle hurt Povetkin in the third with Whyte using his jab effectively, showing off the work done in the gym with newly enlisted trainer Harold Knight, who spent years working with the iconic Lennox Lewis.

Whyte dominated the contest from the off (Picture: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing)

Another huge shot at the start of the fourth jolted Povetkin but the Russian returned with a hook of his own, a telling reminder of what happened last year.

Whyte maintained the pressure. As was the case last year, Povetkin was down in the fourth again after some thunderous shots upstairs that sent him spinning around the ring before floored with another. This time, he couldn’t get up.

Whyte was officially named the mandatory challenger for the WBC title in July 2019 after victory over Oscar Rivas, made to wait for his title shot and losing it before the opportunity came.

There could be another wait on the cards with Fury and Anthony Joshua agreeing to a two-fight deal for all four major titles, bouts which are likely to tie up both men until 2022 at the earliest.

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