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Whyte vs Povetkin: Date, Time and Predictions

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Whyte vs Povetkin Date:

22 August 2020

Whyte vs Povetkin Time:

The event starts at 7pm BST, with the Taylor-Persoon fight due to begin at 9pm, with Whyte-Povetkin following at 10pm BST.

Whyte vs Povetkin where to watch:

The coverage will begin from 7pm, live on Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491), Sky Sports Box Office HD (Sky channel 492) and UHD 1 (event will not carry Dolby Atmos). While you can also purchase the fight through the Sky Sports Box Office app – meaning Now TV customers can also view the fight.

 

Fight Preview

On August 22nd Dillian Whyte (The Bodysnatcher) will face Alexander Povetkin (The White Lion). The fight has previously been cancelled twice and will now take place as the grand finale of Matchroom’s fight camp series televised live on Sky Sports PPV. Despite being fought behind closed doors the fight promises to be one of the biggest of the summer and one which could have a massive effect on the landscape of the heavyweight division.

Dillian Whyte as number 1 mandatory contender will no doubt be desperate to continue his press for a long overdue title fight, having spent around 1000 days on the waiting list and it has recently been confirmed that a victory in this fight will ensure him a chance of a title shot for the WBC belt next year with him facing the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder 3.

Alexander Povetkin at the age of 40 will be looking at this fight as potentially one of his last in his career and despite his age he has proven he is a still a genuine threat, in his last fight he drew with Michael Hunter and prior to that he beat Hughie Fury by decision.

 

Dillian Whyte stats:                                                

Record:              W- 27  KO- 18 L- 1

Height:              6ft 3

Age:                    32

Nationality:       British

Weight:              18 stone 6

 

Alexander Povetkin stats:

Record:              W- 35  KO- 24  L-2  D- 1

Height:              6ft 2

Age:                   40

Nationality:      Russian

Weight:              16 stone

 

Dillian Whyte’s career so far:

Dillian Whyte started out as professional kickboxer, where he was very successful winning 20 fights and losing just 1. However, he turned to boxing in 2009 and it was during this time where his rivalry began with Anthony Joshua as he famously beat him at amateur level.

Dillian Whyte began his career with 9 wins before receiving a 2-year drug ban in 2012. He was cleared to return in 2014 and remained unbeaten until 2015 when he resumed his rivalry with Joshua, in this fight he was beaten for the first and only time so far in his career, in this fight he caused Joshua a number of problems but was ultimately beaten in the 7th round by knockout.

Since that defeat Whyte has bounced back in strong fashion, he has overcome a number of high-profile heavyweights opponents, defeating Dereck Chisora in two epics clashes, completed an impressive victory over former World Champion Joseph Parker and most recently beating Oscar Rivas and Marius Walch.

Dillian Whyte has also added a new coach to his corner in the David Coldwell, Dillian Whyte told Sky Sports News: “Dave is someone I have known for a long time, he is experienced with heavyweights and was in David Haye’s corner back in the day and has trained Tony Bellew. He knows how to handle a big guy like Povetkin.”

 

Alexander Povetkin career so far:

Like his opponent, Alexander Povetkin began his fighting career as a kick boxer, he won several titles; including the World Junior championship in 1997, World title in 1999 and a European professional kickboxing title in 2000.

Povetkin soon turned to boxing where he was extremely successful, winning his first boxing tournament at the Russian championships in 2000, he earnt Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and moved to professional record with an amateur record of 125 wins and 7 losses.

Povetkin transferred this success into professional boxing winning his first 21 fights, in this time he had defeated the likes of Hasim Rahman and Chris Byrd. He claimed the WBO title in 2011 but was beaten for the first time in his career by Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, where he was beaten by unanimous decision.

Povetkin responded to this defeat with 8 victories the most notable being a 10th round knockout against Carlos Takam and a 5th round knockout against David Price. This earnt Povetkin another title fight, however like Whyte, Povetkin also suffered a 7th round knockout defeat to Anthony Joshua.

 

Whyte vs Povetkin Prediction: Dillian Whyte 9th round knockout

There are several similarities between Whyte and Povetkin which makes this fight a very interesting affair. Both fighters began as kick boxers and forged successful careers in boxing, Whyte and Povetkin are famous for their left-hand power, with 42 knockouts between the two fighters. Both fighters also lost in the 7th round to Anthony Joshua.

Although Povetkin is an extremely dangerous opponent as he proved most recently with a brutal knockout against David Price, I feel age will prove the crucial factor in this fight. Povetkin at 40 years old is not the same fighter as he was when he faced Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, whereas I believe Dillian Whyte is entering the prime of his career, he has vastly improved his game since fighting Anthony Joshua and goes into this fight in better condition than any stage of his career.

I am expecting a late knockout by Dillian Whyte, whose youth and energy will prove too much for Alexander Povetkin.

 

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Kurt is an MA Sports Journalism Graduate from Sheffield Hallam University. He is a big Newcastle United fan. Twitter- KurtLeyland1998 Email : KurtLeyland1998@outlook.com

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