Dilian Whyte got his revenge against Alexander Povetkin with a dominant performance and a fourth-round TKO victory to reclaim the WBC interim heavyweight title.
It was a return bout after Povetkin produced a stunning comeback and a knockout of the year contender last August. This time, Whyte was not only fighting for redemption but possibly his entire boxing career.
And he delivered just that with his back against the wall.
Much like the first fight, Whyte appeared to be in control behind a jab that couldn’t miss and a right hand. But it was a relatively sloppy affair in the early going as both loaded up bombs from the opening bell. Povetkin never really seemed to have his legs under him as he staggered around the ring whenever Whyte connected with a power shot.
A short right hand in the third round rocked Povetkin and was the best punch of the fight to that point. Povetkin took it well but it was evident that Whyte found a formula to chop down the Russian. Rather than rush in like he did last August, Whyte composed himself and sought the perfect opportunity to land his big shots.
That opportunity came in the following round when an overhand right by Whyte landed flush and gave chase to the wounded Povetkin. A trademark left hook sealed the deal as Povetkin sank to the canvas with his back against the ropes. He would manage to get to his feet but his corner rescued their fighter from further punishment by throwing in the towel at the 2:39 mark.
With the victory, Whyte is now next in line for the winner of the undisputed title showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. However, considering that Joshua and Fury are locked in for two fights, Whyte may need to take another fight as he awaits the winner.
“It’s time to put me in an easy fight and get me some damn money,” Whyte joked afterward. Knowing that there’s a logjam in the division as everyone awaits the outcome of Joshua-Fury, Whyte said he’s willing to have a rubber match with Povetkin.
“I’m willing to run it back again if he wants to,” he said. “The first one I shouldn’t have lost and I’m still annoyed about it. We can do it again.”
There’s also another fight lingering and that’s a potential showdown with the former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder.
“We called for the Deontay fight for a long, long time,” Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn said. “He DMed Wilder and said he’d never, ever fight him. But now that he got knocked out and that’s a stadium fight.”
Although his next opponent is uncertain, one thing is for sure: Dillian Whyte is back.