Tony Bellew has backed Dillian Whyte to avenge his earlier defeat to Alexander Povetkin by knocking out the Russian veteran ‘faster than anybody has stopped him earlier than’.
Defeat is unthinkable for ‘The Physique Snatcher’ in Gibraltar on Saturday after the British heavyweight was knocked out in devastating trend by Povetkin final August.
Bellew was one of many few in attendance at Matchroom Boxing’s Struggle Camp that night time as a pundit, however believes Whyte will emerge victorious this time round – and KO Povetkin faster than heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua did in 2018.
“I believe Dillian Whyte will cease him faster than anybody has stopped him earlier than,” the previous world cruiserweight champion instructed White & Jordan.
“I believe he’ll be a bit extra cautious when he hurts him badly this time. You’ve obtained to recollect, he had Povetkin out on his toes.
“He’s one punch away from ending it off, he’s obtained Povetkin twice and he’s moving into for the end and he switched off – a lapse of focus.”
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Bellew is of the opinion that Whyte will go for a extra ‘educated job’ this time round and predicted a killer physique shot will show an excessive amount of for Povetkin to deal with.
“I believe this time when he hurts Povetkin he’ll go in behind with slightly bit extra of an informed jab and slightly bit extra cautious of what can come again,” Bellew defined.
“It’s very onerous if you’re a fighter on high and also you harm a fighter twice and get him down. You’ve obtained to nonetheless hold your wits about you and anticipate one thing again – particularly within the heavyweight division.
“As you realize it may be one shot, it wouldn’t shock me if it’s a physique shot which finishes Alexander Povetkin.”