Another loss for Dillian Whyte far from career-ending
Speak to a heavyweight fighter, any heavyweight fighter, about punching power and they’ll to a male state a variation of the exact same thing:
“With the heavyweights, everyone hits hard and anything can happen at any time.”
Yet, when that anything does occur, we frequently act stunned, and like it’s completion of the world.
That’s definitely the reaction to Dillian Whyte getting knocked cold by a counter uppercut from Alexander Povetkin in their Aug. 22 bout for the WBC interim heavyweight title in England.
Whyte knocked Povetkin down two times in the 4th round, and after the 2nd, the Russian strolled uncomfortably to his corner. However when the 5th started, Povetkin landed a jab and after that the best left uppercut.
Whyte was out instantly.
Now, as they prepare to rematch, the story is not so much about the best punch that Povetkin, an Olympic gold medalist and one-time heavyweight champ, tossed. Rather, it was whether Whyte might sustain another loss.
That’s unfair to Whyte, who has actually turned into one of the leading competitors in the department, as he prepares to deal with Povetkin in a rematch on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, DAZN) in Gibraltar, Spain.
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“One, two or three losses means nothing to a heavyweight nowadays,” Whyte stated. “If you fight good fighters, the main thing is you can come back. This is a must-win fight for me, but I’m not a guy that worries about pressure. I just smile and take it in my stride.”
It’s barely a must-win defend Whyte, though it would assist him tremendously in the brief run if he were to win. Take a look at current heavyweight boxing history to inform you that.
Sky Sports spoke with a variety of British boxing stars, and the majority of them spoke solemnly about how disastrous another loss would be for Whyte, who is a -350 preferred at BetMGM.
It would put him back in a significantly congested department, no doubt, however it would be far from a career-ender. Take A Look At Chris Arreola. Because losing a heavyweight title battle to Vitali Klitschko in Los Angeles in 2009, he’s beaten no prominent challengers. He lost to Tomasz Adamek, two times to Bermane Stiverne, was knocked out by Deontay Wilder and was beaten by Adam Kownacki.
Arreola has actually gone 11-6-1 given that beginning his profession 27-0, however he’s defended the heavyweight title 3 times ever since and is headlining a Might 1 pay-per-view versus another previous champ, Andy Ruiz Jr.
Whyte is an amusing fighter in and out of the ring, and a loss would just press him back a brief time. However he’s not believing of another loss.
He comprehends that Povetkin, a +275 underdog at BetMGM, stays a first-rate fighter which, yes, in heavyweight boxing, one tidy punch modifications whatever. He’s prepared to return on the horse and stake his claim to a larger battle.
“I was a fighter a long time before I was a boxer,” Whyte stated. “I’ve been knocking people out for a long time. I carry a lot of power in both hands. Povetkin is a very cagey guy and an experienced guy, a very patient guy. He’s a tough guy as well. Last time, I didn’t land properly and he went down, but he showed resilience by getting up and then he stopped me. This time when I hit him, he’ll stay down.
“I’m a very adaptable kind of guy. I’ll do what I need to do to get the win. I don’t care if I’ve got to rough a guy up or outbox him. I’ll do whatever it takes for me to win. It’s the biggest fight of my career. I’m coming off a loss to the guy. The good thing is this is heavyweight boxing. One fight changes everything.”
A win over Povetkin still indicates something in today’s boxing landscape, and a win would not just offer Whyte the interim belt back, it would place him wisely for considerable battles to come.
He’s prepared to do whatever he needs to, though he likes to bang, to have his arm raised.
“I don’t care if I have to throw two jabs and move, or get in and throw power punches and rough him up,” Whyte, 32, stated. “I’ll do whatever I have to do. I’m not worried about a career-best performance, I’m worried about getting the win. My mindset is I’ve got a job to do and I’ll do whatever I need to do to get it done.
“I’m still young and I’ve got loads of fights left in my career, God willing. I can worry about looking good in another fight. This is about winning. When I touch him this time, his whole body is going to vibrate. He’ll understand. I’m coming to do what I do best and that’s to inflict pain. If I’ve got to make it a dog fight, then I’ll make it a dog fight. It will be a different story this time.”
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.