Dillian Whyte Vs Alexander Povetkin – May 2nd At The Manchester Arena
Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte will be defending his WBC interim title for the first time against well tested veteran Alexander Povetkin at the Manchester Arena on Saturday May 2nd, Live on Skysports Box Office.
Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs), who has been WBC No.1 for a while now landed the Interim title with a unanimous decision over Oscar Rivers at the O2 Arena in July and despite the controversy after the fight, returned to the ring in December in Saudi Arabia,where he out-pointed former title challenger Mariusz Wach on Andy Ruiz Jr. Vs Anthony Joshua undercard.
Russian top contender Povetkin has been competing at the top for a while. An Olympic Gold medalist and Former WBA heavyweight champion has shown in his last few fights that he still has what it takes to role with the big boys in the division. Most recently defeating Hughie Fury
and earning a split draw over Michael Hunter in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
“This is a great fight, Povetkin is an Olympic gold medallist, has loads of experience, he’s a former World Champion and he’s only lost to Joshua and Klitschko,” said Whyte. “He is still very dangerous, he gave AJ a lot of problems and then beat Hughie Fury. I am not overlooking him at all, he will come in shape, he’s tough and very well-schooled.
“You only have to look at his resume to see that he’s always been considered as one of the most fearsome punchers in the Heavyweight division with big KO wins over Huck, Charr, Takam, Wach and Price. He showed in Saudi Arabia that he still has a lot left in the tank and he is still very dangerous. I’ve got respect for him but I’m on to maximum violence, straight animal instinct.
“I want to be Heavyweight Champion of the World so anywhere in the world is my lion’s den. If you aspire to be World Champion, you should be able to fight anywhere. Manchester is a great city with great fight fans and I’m looking forward to going back there.”
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The Former world champion will be hoping to land himself another world championship soon and See’s Whyte as another big opportunity to make a big statement and despite the big hype ahead of the fight, Povetkin will only love to make his point in the ring.
“I am pleased to fight Whyte, it has long been discussed but didn’t happen for whatever reason,” said Povetkin. “Dillian is a good strong boxer and it will make for an interesting fight. I am not about big announcements, I am about winning in the ring, and on May 2nd people will see a spectacular fight.”
Dillian Whyte Vs Alexander Povetkin