Alexander Povetkin will look to shut the chapter on his rivalry with Dillian Whyte this Saturday night time in a rematch of their August 2020 conflict.
Having knocked out ‘The Bodysnatcher’ in Essex behind closed doorways final outing, the Russian is aware of a repeat efficiency may properly assure him a shot at both Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury.
But the strain is all on the Brit in Gibraltar this Saturday night time as he is aware of a second defeat to Povetkin will virtually actually kill off any lingering hopes he had of ever changing into world champion.
Though he managed to attain two knockdowns within the first combat and appeared higher than ever, Whyte was caught chilly by a freak shot which can properly have hampered his confidence.
Having bloodied and damaged Anthony Joshua’s nostril, Povektin’s energy isn’t any joke and British followers noticed that first-hand on two events in 2018.
In addition to leaving the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist needing some beauty work, the 6ft 2ins slugger often known as ‘Sasha’ left David Value out chilly in one of the savage knockouts on these shores.
The bout, which passed off in April on the undercard of Joshua’s unification combat with Joseph Parker, was a WBA eliminator to place the victor in pole place to combat both Parker or Joshua.
After dropping Value as soon as, Povetkin himself was then despatched staggering to the ropes with a crisp left hand, however his brute drive and power proved no match for the 6ft 8ins behemoth.
An overhand proper and a large left hook within the fourth despatched the Liverpool-native crashing to the canvas because the combat was waved off and medics raced into the ring.
Fortunately, Value was in a position to depart the ring of his personal accord, however he instructed talkSPORT simply how a lot injury he had incurred throughout simply 4 rounds of motion in an interview days later.
“After the combat I acquired checked over within the medical room on the stadium, and so they stated it could be higher to simply go to hospital,” he instructed the station.
“I agreed, to be secure, and so they gave me the all-clear.
“I had a fractured nostril, had 30 stitches in my mouth and about 12 stitches on my eyes.
“It was a tough night time!
“I’m pleased with my efficiency. I gave all the pieces I needed to give and I got here shut, nearer than the knock-out made it look.”