Povetkin vs. Whyte II & Undercard
Press Conference Quotes
"Good afternoon. Wow. How lucky are we to be here.
Absolutely stunning scenery and stunning weather. We're very
grateful to everybody in Gibraltar. Three or four weeks ago
I wondered if this could be done. They say it always seems
impossible until it is done. Just a couple of days to go
before a historic moment here in Gibraltar, the rematch for
the WBC Interim Heavyweight World Title between Alexander
Povetkin and Dillian Whyte, live and exclusive on Sky Sports
Box Office in the UK and DAZN around the world. We cannot
wait to give you a night that you will not forget. It has
been a tremendous experience so far and we're looking
forward to the next couple of days before the main event on
Alexander Povetkin – Russia – 36-2-1, 25 KOs – fighting
Dillian Whyte for the Interim WBC Heavyweight World Title:
“I’m very happy to be here, I’m relaxed, confident and the
only thing on my mind right now is to go out on Saturday and
show some good boxing.
“I’ve almost forgotten about the last fight because this is
finished. I think that Dillian will be better in the second
fight then the first. At the same time, I’ll try to be more
careful, pay attention more to my defence.
“I don’t have this mindset that I’ll knock him out. It could
go the distance; I’m not focusing on the knockout and I’m
going to follow my plan.
Max Mikhaylov, World of Boxing:
“It’s a pleasure to be here, thank you to Matchroom it’s a
pleasure to work with you. We never avoid anything, the same
moment it was proposed we said yes. Alexander is not a
boxing to avoid anyone.
“This is maybe one of the keys to success of Povetkin and
the team, we’re relaxed. There’s no rush anywhere, we’re
doing everything we’re comfortable with.”
Dillian Whyte – Brixton, England – 27-2, 18 KOs – fighting
Alexander Povetkin for the Interim WBC Heavyweight World
“The first fight was a good fight, we both fought well, I
knocked him down a couple of times and he came back to win –
he landed a good punch. I’m glad that he took the rematch,
I’m glad we’re here again. We’re about to get it on again in
two days, I want to say a massive thanks to the Gibraltan
people and team who have made this happen.
“This is the most important fight of my career. Like I said
this is boxing, I’ve been through ups and downs my whole
life so I’m using to bouncing back, proving people wrong,
showing people what I can when they’ve written me off.
“I’m good. People talking about the defeat, it’s nothing.
I’m doing something, changing my life and I’m constantly
improving. Povetkin’s a good fighter, top amateur, gold
medallist, but I’m learning, improving and getting better
every day. Saturday I’m going to leave it all on the line
“The main thing is the win; I’m a competitor and I hate
losing so I want to make it 1-1. I’ll get the win whatever,
you’ve seen me adapt in different fight – getting off the
floor and winning, out jabbed fighters that faster than me.
My coaching team has worked hard on different plans and
working different areas.”
Xavier Miller, trainer of Dillian Whyte:
“The first fight, that chapter has ended now, it’s done.
We’re just looking forward to Saturday. We’ve worked hard,
all credit to Dillian he got straight back to work after.
It’s straight business on Saturday.
“The tone of the fight, the way the fight was it was only
going one way. But this is Heavyweight boxing, we’d made no
excuses but gotten straight back into camp. All we want to
focus on now is Saturday, last fight is done. We have to win
on Saturday and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Fabio Wardley – Ipswich, England – 10-0, 9 KOs – fighting
Eric Molina in a ten-round Heavyweight contest:
“I’ve come from the same breed, cut from the same cloth as
Dillian. There are no easy fights, we take all opponents
when they come and big chances and opportunities when
they’re in front of us. This is one of those, not just for
the fight but for the occasion as well. To be a part of an
event like this is great, I’m looking forward to Saturday,
putting on a fantastic performance and really showcasing
some of my skills.
“The team and I are looking to do it all, we’re looking to
do the big fights when they’re there in front of us and then
come back around for some big level domestic dust ups when
they’re there as well. We’re talking all the opportunities
that are in front of us and relishing the moment. I’m
fortunate to be part of events like this, I’m thankful and
looking forward to a big fight on Saturday.”
Eric Molina – USA – 27-6, 19 KOs – fighting Fabio Wardley in
a ten-round Heavyweight contest:
“Fabio’s young, a rising star in England. When I first got
the call to be honest, I’d never heard of the guy. While
looking into him it reminds me a lot of myself, coming in
with one amateur fight and I was the same age as him when I
got started. I’m hoping to come in Saturday and give him
everything he’s got to learn.
“When Eddie Hearn calls with an opportunity I don’t give no
excuses. Training camp was difficult, it was filled with a
lot of adversity. It’s all mental, my team says it’s all
mental, so we’ll be good to go Saturday.
“The only thing I’ve got going for myself in this fight is
my experience. Coming into these fights as I can get older,
they don’t get easier. There’s a new generation of
Heavyweights coming up, Fabio is in the mix, this is a type
of fight I need to see where I’m at. I need to see if I can
mix it with these young lions, I’m looking forward to the
test on Saturday.”
Ted Cheeseman – Bermondsey, England – 16-2-1, 9 KOs –
fighting James Metcalf for the vacant British
“It’s lovely to be part of a big event but it’s just
business when you get there. It’s natural, I’ve done this
time and time again but it’s just about getting into fight
mode and doing the business Saturday night.
“I can box, and I can fight, after the first few rounds,
you’ll see how the fight’s panning out and I’ll know then
what I’ve got to do win the fight. Whether it’s come forward
and march JJ down or box on the back foot, I know I’m
capable of both. I’ve got plan A, B and C ready, but we’ll
see what happens Saturday night.
“If the bookies were right every time, I’d be a millionaire.
No disrespect to JJ, but this is his first time on a big
event. He will be loving it but there will be a lot of
nervous energy with it. I’ve done this time and time again,
I’ve got the York Hall to O2 fights, for me this is natural
– he’s never really done a big occasion and big opposition
“For me I’ve had hard fights one after another. As much as
people say it takes it out of you, I’ve never been smashed
apart from when I fought Garcia, but my head wasn’t there.
Since then, I’ve been improving loads, I’m still young and
still feeling fresh and I feel after I got my win against
Sam Eggington, I’m going to be ten times the fighter I was
then coming from a win.
“I believe JJ is going into unknown territory and for me I
know I can dig deep. We’re going to see if he will sink or
swim on Saturday night.
James Metcalf – Liverpool, England – 21-0, 13 KOs – fighting
Ted Cheeseman for the vacant British Super-Welterweight
“I can box, and I can fight, I’m ready to do both.
“It’s a must win for me. I feel like I’ve been owed this
chance for a while and now it’s come I’m going to take this
with both hands.
“I’ve grew up watching my dad box, being proud of him, now
it’s my turn to return the favour.
“I’m soaking up the experience, enjoying it. I’ve been on
undercards with Tyson Fury and Josh Warrington, this is a
lot better but I’m alright with it all.”
Campbell Hatton – Manchester, England – making his
professional debut in a four-round Lightweight contest with
“I’m really excited, the nerves are slowly starting to come
in. People have been saying has all the media been getting a
bit much, but it hasn’t. It’s doing me good because it’s a
bit of a distraction from Saturday night to keep the nerves
“Just really excited, ready to go and been flying in the
gym. I did my last punching session this morning, felt
really sharp so I can’t wait to show everyone what I can do.
“The main bit of advice I’ve had from everybody is to stay
calm. The number of eyes on me there will be nerves and I’ll
be eager to please people. The main thing for me is to do
“I want people to see the Campbell Hatton that’s in the gym,
sparring, because when people see that it’s what impresses
people. I do set a high pace, but I need to be calm and
calculated about it.
“You always get people who have something to say, for me I
just to go in there and do myself justice. If I’m the best
Campbell Hatton I can be, I’ll be happy with that and it’ll
be enough to impress the people who are behind me.
“With time I’ll be able to show people what I can do,
staying calm is my main goal for this fight and doing myself
Ricky Hatton, Dad and Manager of Campbell:
“I’m very proud and nervous. He’s had a fantastic build up,
it adds a little bit of pressure but if I didn’t think he
built to cope with the pressure I wouldn’t have allowed it
to happen. He’s seen what I’ve done over the years, his
brother, that’s what he wants.
“I did it, so he didn’t have to. He’s chosen to want to do
it and I think he deserves a pat on the back for that. It’s
one of the hardest games of all, I think he deserves credit
for that alone and I’m very proud of everything and the
attention he’s got this week.
“I’ve been saying to him [Campbell] all week do you want to
get to where the top of the bill is, Dillian Whyte and
Alexander Povetkin, well let’s get used to it now. This is
what it’s going to be like when you get there. This will
stand him in good stead.
“This is his early days, it’s his professional debut, he
wants to get off to a good start and impress. You’re going
to get people saying it’s because of his Dad, he’s got to
shut that out from his mind, do his own job and if he keeps
relaxed and composed everybody will like what they see on
“I want him to do himself justice, he’s worked so hard and
come on so quickly in a short space of time. He’s only had
28 amateur fights and it’s his pro debut on such a big
stage. I hope he does himself proud on Saturday, which he
will do with all the hard work and adaptions he’s made to
Chris Kongo – Bermondsey, England – 12-0, 7 KOs – defending
his WBO Global Welterweight Title against Michael McKinson:
“When I came into the sport, this is the fight I want. I
don’t want to fight journeyman or people I know I can
knockout in a round. I want competitive fights. Before this
I was calling Michael out for a long time, I’m just happy to
be here and happy the fight is on.
“People avoid his style, and a lot of people don’t like to
fight southpaws. I don’t mind, I always find a way to win
regardless. He’s got a good record and he’s a good fighter,
I want to beat the best and I’ve got the beat these guys.
“I’m just going to leave everything that I’m going to do and
leave it until Saturday. Whatever he brings I’ll always be
able to adapt, I’m ready for it.
“Confident, 100%, Chris Kongo knockout is coming this
Michael McKinson – Portsmouth, England – 19-0, 2 KOs –
challenging Chris Kongo for the WBO Global Welterweight
“I believe I’m the best welterweight in the UK, to prove
that I’ve got to beat Chris Kongo on Saturday.
“This is to chase our dreams. There’s no one in the UK that
has a style like mine, I’m a problem for absolutely
everyone. I’m a smart fighter, whatever he wants to bring I
can adapt – I’m very clever. It should be an exciting fight.
“I’m taking it all in, everything’s been amazing. Now I’ve
got my opportunity, I need to win to stay on this. I’m
excited, it’s been an amazing week.”
Erik Pfeifer – Germany – 7-0, 5 KOs – fighting Nick Webb for
the IBO International Heavyweight Title:
“Training has been very good, I’m in great shape and I will
show everyone the best of me Saturday night.
“Dillian is a very strong guy it was a very hard sparring
session. I left feeling perfect and I’m here ready to fight.
“I think this is my chance, I will use it and show the world
who I am and how well I can box.”
Nick Webb – Surrey, England – 16-2, 12 KOs – fighting Erik
Pfeifer for the IBO International Heavyweight Title:
“It’s a great stage, thanks to Matchroom to getting me on
there and I look forward to fighting Erik there on Saturday.
“He’s [Erik] a great challenge, a great name who was a
really good amateur. This is a great place to showcase my
skills and I can’t wait.
“This is a must win, there’s no other option – I’m winning
and that’s that.”
Youssef Khoumari – Wembley, England – 11-0-1, 4 KOs –
fighting Kane Baker in a ten-round Super-Featherweight
“I’m ready to go, I’d like to thank Dillian Whyte and Eddie
Hearn for the opportunity. I’ve had a good, long camp,
everything’s gone perfect and I’m looking forward to a smoky
“A lot of guys turn pro looking to be a part of events like
this. I’m so privileged to be a part of an event his big and
I’m going to grab it with both hands-on Saturday night.
“Dillian likes to say maximum violence all the time so on
Saturday they can expect maximum violence from me.
“It’s going to be a very fan friendly fight, both of our
styles match. He likes to throw a lot of punches, I like to
throw a lot of punches, we’re going to meet in the middle
and it’s going to be a fantastic war for the fans.
Kane Baker – Birmingham, England – 14-7 – fighting Youssef
Khoumari in a ten-round Super-Featherweight contest:
“I’m feeling comfortable in these events 100%, but I’ll
always be a boxing fan with a licence I can’t take that
away. I can’t thank Matchroom enough for the year you’ve
given me, I’m going to repay everybody on Saturday night
with an explosive performance.
“Winner stays on, that’s given me a kick that I needed.
Saturday I’ll win again, I just want to fight in your garden
Eddie. I’m not worried about titles; I just want to win this
Saturday and fight in your garden.
“I’m going to do whatever it takes to get the win Saturday
night. I’m going to be in his face throwing punches all