Revenge: It’s all alright for Whyte
Dillian Whyte demolished Alexander Povetkin in their rematch, regaining his WBC interim heavyweight title in the process, via a 4th round knockout. Jamie McIntosh reports.
The Main Event
Seven months on from the brutal knockout he suffered at Fight Camp, Dillian Whyte got his opportunity to avenge his defeat to Alexander Povetkin and put his name back amongst the stars of the heavyweight division.
At Matchroom HQ in August, Dillian Whyte looked the best he’s ever been and coming into this rematch five pounds lighter, it was hard not to fancy the Brixton man to exact his revenge on the Russian.
The opening three rounds saw Whyte using the double jab effectively, targeting the body and countering Povetkin with the overhand right. Whyte had comfortably taken the opening three rounds and was boxing well. The fourth round saw more of the same, with Whyte catching Povetkin with a straight right hand and with around 30 seconds left in the round, Povetkin hit the canvas.
The towel came in at the same time as referee Victor Loughlin called a halt to the contest.
It was a brilliant display from The Body Snatcher, who got his career back on track in unbelievable fashion with this knockout.
After the fight, there was talk about a future fight with Deontay Wilder – promoter Eddie Hearn admitted post-fight that Wilder is keen for that fight to happen, having initially sworn off any prospect of the fight taking place.
Whyte saw a crowd of around 500 fans take in his win in Gibraltar, in what was a refreshing reminder of live crowds – hopefully a sign of things to come across Europe in the coming months.
Whyte’s trainer Xavier Miller said, “He was tremendous tonight, everything we worked on in training he did tonight, he was perfection tonight.”
It remains to be seen what will be next for Dillian Whyte, however many Brits would fancy the Brixton man in a heavyweight tussle against Deontay Wilder.
Portsmouth’s Michael McKinson caused an upset by defeating Chris Kongo by unanimous decision to claim the WBO Global welterweight title.
Both fighters arrived in Gibraltar with undefeated professional records, but it was McKinson’s hand speed and 1st round knockdown which saw the southpaw build up an early lead in the 10 round bout and deservedly take the belt back to Portsmouth.
Campbell Hatton (son of world champion Ricky Hatton) made his professional debut against Jesus Ruiz in a four-round bout. Ruiz had lost all ten of his professional fights to date, so he was hardly an intimidating opponent for Hatton to face on debut. Nevertheless, the Manchester boxer showed signs of promise and convincingly came out on top by unanimous decision. Hatton will make his second professional fight on May 1st on the Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker undercard, Hatton’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed after the fight.
James Metcalf and Ted Cheeseman faced off in a 12-round bout for the vacant British light-middleweight title. It was the latter who came out on top at the end of the 11th round with a terrific left-hand punch which floored Metcalf and saw The Big Cheese regain the British super-welterweight title.
The chief support for the undercard featured Ipswich’s Fabio Wardley against veteran Eric Molina. Molina, who had previously been in the ring with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, represented a large step up in class for the East Anglian. Wardley didn’t look overly inspiring in the early stages of the fight and when Molina caught Wardley midway through the fifth round, the Englishman went to war and decided to trade blow for blow with the American. It was the right hand of Wardley that did the damage in a nice combination – Molina thought it was on the back of the head, but it looked good on the replays and wrapped up a nice win for another exciting British heavyweight prospect.
What’s coming up…
Carl Frampton returns to the ring next weekend for the first time since August 2020 – he takes on American southpaw Jamel Herring in Dubai for the WBO Junior-lightweight title. If Frampton is victorious, he will become Ireland’s first ever three-weight world champion.
Connor Benn is back in action on April 10th against Colombian Samuel Vargas – the welterweight bout is expected to be shown on Sky Sports.