The pair face-off in a rematch on the 27th of March, this week.
We are hardly two days away from the Rumble on the Rock – Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2. With the WBC Interim Heavyweight title on the line, Povetkin would be hoping for a repeat of what happened in August, whereas Whyte ‘The Body Snatcher’ will be looking forward to landing one proper and decisive blow. And more recently it looks like there might be a bit of bad blood going into this fight.
At one point, it looked like a rematch would take place, soon as the first one was over, as Dillian Whyte triggered the rematch clause in no time. The fight was scheduled to take place in November 2020. However, Povetkin contracted to COVID and the fight was pushed to 2021. Recently, Dillian Whyte accused Povetkin of faking that he had contracted COVID, and this didn’t sit well with the Russian, as he revealed in the recent virtual press conference that he doesn’t care about what Whyte thought and that his results had already been sent to Matchroom Boxing (Dillian Whyte’s promotion owned by Eddie Hearn).
‘Actually, we sent it to Matchroom so, you know, this is not a case for discussion‘ – Alexander Povetkin
Povetkin said, [via Translator], “In response to Dillian Whyte, he can think and tell whatever he wants. But we have papers, we have documents with different analysis, you know, and the result. Actually, we sent it to Matchroom so, you know, this is not a case for discussion.” [via Essentially Sports]
27th of March, promises to be a cracker of a contest, as Whyte has added fuel to the fire with his ‘trigger-anyone’ type comments. Whyte looks to be in good shape, and a win here might probably get him to call-out an elite heavyweight (probably Deontay Wilder, Oleksandr Usyk).
The ageing Povetkin, on the other hand will be looking forward to avoiding defeat at all costs, and push for one last shot at greatness.