Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin Rematch Rescheduled for March 6th

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  • Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin have been rebooked to a March 6th date, possibly in the U.K.
  • Povetkin sensationally knocked out Whyte in the fifth round of their August 22, 2020 bout to win the WBC interim heavyweight title.
  • Despite the loss, Whyte is still currently listed as a -300 betting favorite to beat Povetkin.

The rematch between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin finally has a new date.

With last week’s confirmation from the British Boxing Board of Council that boxing matches under its jurisdiction will resume next month, Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn announced the details of his promotion’s upcoming schedule. Among those Hearn mentioned was March 6th fight date for the rematch between Whyte and Povetkin.

Who Saw That Coming?

It can be recalled that Whyte and Povetkin fought in August 2020 for the WBC interim heavyweight title. Whyte had been the WBC’s mandatory challenger for “over 1000” days although it was only confirmed by the promotion on the month of his fight with Povetkin. Regardless, all Whyte needed to do was beat the 40-year old Russian and book a date with whoever has the green belt. However, as they say in heavyweight boxing, one punch can change it all.

For the first three rounds of the bout, Whyte looked on his way to fulfill his part of the deal. The Body Snatcher dropped Povetkin twice in round four and at the start of the fifth round, it looked like he was looking for the kill. However, a massive uppercut from the Russian knocked out Whyte cold and just like that, his title aspirations went down the drain.

To his credit, Whyte offered no excuses for the debacle. Instead, he asked for an immediate rematch even before leaving the arena. With Whyte owning a rematch clause, Povetkin was more than glad to give him one. The rematch was booked for November 21, 2020. However, Povetkin tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized. The bout was rescheduled for January 30, 2021 but with the British Boxing Board of Council calling off all January bouts due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was put on hold once again.

Looking for Revenge

Whyte is The Ring’s 5th ranked heavyweight and a former kickboxing champion. The 32-year old won his first 16 professional fights before losing to Anthony Joshua in 2015. Whyte beat Joshua in the amateurs but AJ got his revenge with a 7th round KO win.

After losing to Joshua, Whyte won 11 consecutive bouts including a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Oscar Rivas to win the WBC interim heavyweight title. Povetkin was supposed to be just another stepping stone for Whyte but the Russian flipped the script. Now Whyte will be looking for revenge and a long-awaited world title shot.

The current WBC heavyweight champion is fellow Brit Tyson Fury who defeated Deontay Wilder in February 2020. Fury is expected to face Joshua, also a British fighter, in a highly anticipated title unification bout this year. If Whyte beats Povetkin, the Body Snatcher could work his way to a title shot later this year.

How Will the Rematch Unfold?

The first between these two heavyweights went five rounds, had three knockdowns, and a brutal finish. Whyte has 18 knockouts in 27 wins while Povetkin has stopped 25 opponents in 36 wins so it won’t be a surprising if the rematch ends prematurely as well.

According to BetOnline‘s betting app, Whyte is currently a -300 betting favorite to beat Povetkin who is listed at +240 by the same bookmaker. These odds aren’t too different from the betting lines when these two first fought. Last August, the Brit entered the fight as a -350 odds on favorite while the Russian came to England as a +265 underdog. We know how that bout ended.

Whyte isn’t getting any younger and another loss to Povetkin would be devastating to his career. Povetkin could also be in his last hurrah as a title contender, or even as a fighter. With what’s at stake for both, this heavyweight showdown should be as good as it has been advertised.

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