Coming up on March 27, Alexander Povetkin will have a rematch against Dillian Whyte. The Russian will be defending his interim WBC and WBC Diamond titles in a 12-round heavyweight bout. The fight was originally scheduled to take place back in November last year, but was postponed when Povetkin tested positive for COVID-19. The rematch was moved to January and then, to the end of March, due to certain reasons on Whyte’s end.
The 41-year-old boxer has a record of 39 fights and 36 wins. Alexander suffered two defeats in his career – from the legendary Wladimir Klitschko and from the unbeaten Anthony Joshua. There is nothing wrong in losing to these champions. Besides, in the clash with Klitschko, Povetkin showed an impressive performance and lost only by unanimous decision.
According to physical characteristics, “Russian Vityaz” is older, 5 cm shorter and has a 7 cm shorter reach than his future opponent. However, it didn’t stop him from knocking Whyte out in the 5th round of their first meeting, which took place in August 2020. Look at the great uppercut landed by Povetkin, which left Whyte laid flat on his back and brought the title to Alexander.
At the age of 32, Whyte has 29 fights (27 victories) in his professional career. The British boxer of Jamaican descent lost twice in his career. In 2015, he was knocked out in the 7th round by the above-mentioned Anthony Joshua. The second defeat was at the hands of Povetkin in August 2020. The upcoming rematch with “Russian Vityaz” will either rehabilitate Dillian or will drop his BoxRec rankings.
The Brit himself stated that he “deciphered” his Russian opponent and found out how to handle him in the next battle. Speaking about Whyte’s advantages, let’s mention his age, height, and reach. Perhaps, Whyte lacked some luck in his previous encounter with Povetkin because he controlled the fight and even knocked Alexander down twice in the 4th round. But no mistakes are allowed in boxing. 30 seconds into the 5th round, Whyte was sent down for a knockout by Povetkin’s monster uppercut.
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Despite winning the first bout, Povetkin is again given the underdog card. If you believe that the Russian will be able to repeat his victory, you can bet on it for the odds of 3.28. Dillian Whyte is considered to be the favourite, with the odds of 1.35
The bout promises to be dramatic, both athletes are able to surprise the audience. Alexander was the outsider in the first fight as well, yet he managed to snatch the title.
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