Povetkin v Whyte 2 receives official fight date
Well, Dillian “Body Snatcher” Whyte (27-2, 18 KO’s) finally has the date that he has been craving. On March 6, the Body Snatcher will get a second crack at interim WBC world heavyweight champion Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KO’s). The two first collided back on August 22, 2020. In that first encounter, all eyes were on Whyte due to his subpar performance against Mariusz Wach. When in against Wach, in the proceeding fight, Whyte looked out of shape and performed as such. Despite his poor physical form however, he was able to snag a UD victory.
When the Body Snatcher slid though the ropes to dance with Povetkin, he was undeniably in much better condition. Not only did he undergo visual improvement, Whyte fought a significantly more polished fight. After getting off to good start, it appeared it would be an early night when Whyte floored Povetkin twice in the fourth round.
To his credit, the aged fighter made it to his feet and doggedly fought on. Then, in shocking fashion, Povetkin knocked Whyte out cold with a thunderous uppercut in the fifth. With the win, Povetkin stripped Whyte of his interim WBC world title. As would be expected, the Body Snatcher has been gunning for revenge and redemption ever since. Whyte’s Matchroom Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, was the first to release the news.
HISTORY RE-WRITE OR REHASH?
Admittedly, it will be intriguing to see how the rematch plays out. Despite the skill that he has retained, Povetkin is a well-seasoned 41 years old. In the world of boxing, that is a notably advanced age. This is the main reason why many thought that the Body Snatcher would walk away with the first fight. Obviously, that outcome nearly did become a reality.
So, now it should make for great entertainment to see if Povetkin can continue turning back the hands of time. Alternatively, will Whyte best the Russian and resume his quest to get divisional rival Deontay Wilder in the ring? Only time will tell, but the fight should be here before we know it!
By: Bakari Simpson