Whyte: "It's The Biggest Fight Of My Career"
Dillian Whyte says his must-win rematch with Alexander
Povetkin for the Interim WBC Heavyweight World Title at the
Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar on Saturday March
27, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on
DAZN in all other markets excluding the UK and Ireland, is
the biggest fight of his career to date.
'The Body Snatcher' (27-2, 18 KOs) has a chance to exact
revenge over Russiaís Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) following
his shock defeat to the former World Champion in the final
weekend of Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex last August.
Brixton's Whyte has been forced to wait patiently for his
rematch with Povetkin, the two were set to meet in November
but the Olympic Champion tested positive for coronavirus
ahead of that date and it had to be postponed.
Their second clash was then supposed to usher in the new
year of boxing but, at the start of January, the sport was
suspended amid the growing coronavirus cases in the UK, but
the 32-year-old says the delays have given him more time to
make the necessary adjustments in order to get the win this
"This time Iíll beat him, and weíll see what people are
going to say." said Whyte. "One, two or three losses means
nothing to a Heavyweight nowadays. If you fight good
fighters, the main thing is you can come back. This is a
must-win fight for me, but Iím not a guy that worries about
pressure. I just smile and take it in my stride.
ďI was a fighter a long time before I was a boxer. Iíve been
knocking people out for a long time. I carry a lot of power
in both hands. Povetkin is a very cagey guy and an
experienced guy, a very patient guy. Heís a tough guy as
well. Last time I didnít land properly and he went down, but
he showed resilience by getting up and then he stopped me.
This time when I hit him heíll stay down.
"Iím a very adaptable kind of guy, Iíll do what I need to do
to get the win. I donít care if Iíve got to rough a guy up
or outbox them. Iíll do whatever it takes for me to win.
It's the biggest fight of my career. Iím coming off a loss
to the guy. The good thing is this is Heavyweight boxing.
One fight changes everything.
"Itís a fight man. You donít know how youíre going to feel
on the day. You donít know whatís going to happen and you
donít know how the other guy is going to come. As long as
Iím able to adapt on the day, thatís all that matters.
"I donít care if I have to throw two jabs and move or get in
and throw power punches and rough him up. Iíll do whatever I
have to do. Iím not worried about a career-best performance,
Iím worried about getting the win. My mindset is Iíve got a
job to do and Iíll do whatever I need to do to get it done.
ďIím still young and Iíve got loads of fights left in my
career God willing. I can worry about looking good in
another fight. This is about winning. When I touch him this
time his whole body is going to vibrate, heíll understand.
Iím coming to do what I do best and thatís to inflict pain.
If Iíve got to make it a dog fight then Iíll make it a dog
fight. It will be a different story this time."
Povetkin vs. Whyte 2 tops a huge night of action in
Gibraltar, Bermondsey's Ted Cheeseman (16-2-1, 9 KOs) meets
Liverpool's James Metcalf (21-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant
British Super-Welterweight Title, Ipswich Heavyweight talent
Fabio Wardley (10-0, 9 KOs) steps-up again against USAís
former World Title challenger Eric Molina (27-6, 19 KOs),
Manchester Super-Featherweight Campbell Hatton Ė son of
British fight legend Ricky Hatton Ė makes his professional
debut against Jesus Ruiz, undefeated Welterweights Chris
Kongo (12-0, 7 KOs) and Michael McKinson (19-0, 2 KOs) will
collide for the WBO Global Title, Heavyweight contender Eric
Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) locks horns with Nick Webb (16-2, 12
KOs) and Wembley Super-Featherweight Youssef Khoumari (
11-0-1, 4 KOs) faces Birminghamís Kane Baker (14-7).