Tony Bellew instructed talkSPORT Alexander Povetkin ‘screamed on the prime of his voice’ moments after knocking out Dillian Whyte final August.
The Russian was floored twice within the fourth spherical by Britain’s ‘Physique Snatcher’, however recovered to his ft to attain a devastating one-punch KO within the fifth.
Bellew was one of many few in attendance at Matchroom Boxing’s Struggle Camp as a pundit.
“I’ve recognized Alexander Povetkin for 15 years by way of the novice circuit and the skilled circuit,” he defined to Struggle Evening on talkSPORT.
“I’ve by no means ever seen him present a single little bit of emotion in all them 15 years.
“I’m not saying it’s a fortunate punch, there’s no such factor as a fortunate punch in boxing.
“However I’ve by no means seen that man present any emotion after a struggle.
“And he screamed on the prime of his voice when he hit Dillian Whyte with that punch, as a result of he is aware of that could be a once-in-a-lifetime punch.
“He won’t ever land a punch like that once more, he’ll by no means be in that sort of hassle once more and get out of jail the way in which he did. He knew he was accomplished.
“However he’s thrown a punch that I can’t clarify.”
Whyte believes he can avenge the defeat in a direct rematchDefeat to Povetkin the primary time round scuppered any hopes Whyte had of preventing for Tyson Fury’s WBC belt, a title he had spent 1,000 days as obligatory challenger.
Now, although, he has the possibility to not solely actual revenge for the knockout when he meets Povetkin once more on Saturday, in Gibralter, however to get himself into the title dialogue as soon as extra.
Promoter Eddie Hearn advised a loss within the rematch and it’s goodbye world title shot.
“That’s a giant if,” the promoter defined. “But when he does lose then he won’t get a title shot in 2021 and even 2022. One other loss is catastrophic, as a result of it’s back-to-back defeats. However I feel it’s good strain to say, “If I lose, I’m f*****’”.