Dillian Whyte has returned to boxing in a sensational way. Whyte from Brixton stopped 41-year old Alexander Povetkin with a huge left hook to reclaim the WBC interim heavyweight championship in Gibraltar.
The fighter known as the ‘The Bodysnatcher’ suffered a horrific knockout defeat by the Russian in August.
Whyte’s performance will send new signals around the heavy weight division and the 32 year-old reitarated his desire to win a world title.
“I am just sad I didn’t get it finished in the first round,” said Whyte. “He is a tough guy but I felt I could have finished it early.
“I want the world title.”
The top 2 KO of the Year contenders. 🤩💥 2 uppercuts, 2 flat knockouts.
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Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports:
“His world championship dreams were on the line tonight. That was a lot of pressure tonight. Tonight was about getting him back on track. He wasn’t going to be denied.
“He man-handled Povetkin, he battered him from pillar to post. We are back where we wanted to be. The aim remains the same, for Dillian to have a shot at the world championship.”
BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello:
“This opens up a whole range of opportunities. Yes, he might have to wait for that world title chance but he’s used to that. At least now he is back in a position where he can barter on the back of the performance that he’s produced tonight.
The most remarkable revelation that he is yet to hold his newborn son because he spent 20 weeks in a training camp in Portugal for the match
“My son’s four months and I’ve never seen him,” the 32-year-old told IFLtv. “I call every day. I’m a warrior, this is what warriors do.” It’s what Whyte does, and he is without doubt a warrior.
He will now await to see the winner of Tyson Fury and Anthony. The fight will take place, which has yet to be announced.
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