By Mark Elezaj
Alexander Povetkin dug deep, getting off of the canvas and landed a powerful uppercut in the fifth round to knock out Dillian Whyte Saturday night.
Whyte’s reign as the WBC’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight is now over.
For the first four rounds, Whyte controlled the action of the fight. He out boxed and seemed well on his way to an easy night, even knocking Povetkin down twice in the fourth round.
But 30 seconds into Round 5, Povetkin landed a big left uppercut that put Whyte down onto his back in one of the best knockouts of the year.
“I didn’t feel that I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round,” Povetkin said, via CBS Sports.
“Yes, I went down twice, but it wasn’t too much damage.
“I was watching his fights and took into account that he missed the uppercut from the left and the right. So I trained for just those shots.”
Whyte does have a rematch clause in the fight contract.
After the fight, Whyte (27-2) made sure to ask Hearn to make the rematch.
“Can we get the rematch in December? Okay cool. I’m good, I’m good, it’s one of them things where he just landed. I was bossing it. It is what it is. Rematch, it’s all good. That’s what heavyweight boxing is about,” Whyte saidEddie Hearn, Matchroom promoter, said he will now look to secure a rematch for Whyte.
“I can’t quite believe it,” Hearn said. “When the punch landed I felt like I was in a dream. After two knockdowns I felt it was over, but this is the drama of heavyweight boxing and one punch completely changed the fight.
“We have a rematch clause, and the first thing Dillian said to me was, ‘Get me that rematch.’
“We’ll exercise that rematch clause. We’ll look to make that before the end of the year, and it’s a huge fight. He will rematch Alexander Povetkin and bring his No. 1 position back to life.”
“I’m pretty much lost for words, if I’m honest with you. We have a rematch clause. The first thing Dillian said was ‘Get me that rematch, get me that rematch.
“Povetkin is mandatory now, but the only person who would get called to negotiate fighting the winner of Fury-Wilder was Dillian Whyte. We’ll exercise that rematch clause. We’ll look to make that before the end of the year and it’s a huge fight
Povetkin, 40 years young, improves his record to 36-2-1. Saturday nights victory over Whyte was his 25th knockout win.
Whyte, meanwhile, suffered just the second loss of his career, his first since being knocked out by Anthony Joshua in 2015.
~ The Fighting Voice ~