Gibraltar honours Whyte, Povetkin with special coin ahead of rematch

(Reuters) – Britain’s Dillian Whyte stated it was a “great honour” to include on a brand-new 2 pounds coin provided by the Gibraltar federal government to celebrate his “Rumble on the Rock” rematch with Alexander Povetkin on March 27.

Russian Povetkin, who knocked out Jamaica-born Whyte in the 5th round of their very first battle in London last August, likewise includes on coin.

The 2 heavyweights are the only fighters to include on any sterling currency, with Whyte the very first Black individual to get the honour.

“It is a great honour for someone like me to go down in history as the first boxer, and first Black man, to feature on sterling currency,” Whyte stated in a declaration.

“I can’t believe someone that comes from where I come from and has been through what I’ve been through can be honoured in this way.

“This is why we must never ever quit on kids that originate from disadvantaged and struggling backgrounds. Kids that are hard and misinterpreted at school.”

The very first coin was struck at Tower Mint in London on Tuesday, the declaration included.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.