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Dillian Whyte will have an immediate chance to avenge his defeat to Alexander Povetkin.
The 32-year-old would have had the chance to fight for a heavyweight title if he had beaten his Russian foe at the Matchroom Headquarters in Brentwood this weekend, but it did not go to plan.
The experienced Povetkin climbed off the canvas to knock-out his opponent with a stunning uppercut in the fifth round, putting a possible bout between Whyte and Tyson Fury on hold.
The Brit was in no mood to reflect on his loss, finding promoter Eddie Hearn during an interview and asking whether his rematch clause could go ahead later this year.
Hearn said: “We will lick our wounds and we will come back and move forward.”
Whyte then entered and asked: “Can we get a rematch in December?”
Hearn confirmed that he would, before Whyte added: “Yeah I’m good, it’s just one of those things where it landed.”
Before ending with: “It is what it is, rematch, it’s all good, lets go.”
The result came as a shock to the boxing community following 11 straight wins from Whyte, and even Hearn couldn’t believe what he had just see,
He said: “I can't quite believe it. When the punch landed I felt like I was in some dream.
“The fight was over virtually. Dillian was measuring Povetkin up, then two heavy knockdowns.
"I and others thought it was over. This is the drama of heavyweight boxing – one punch can change everything. He has to do a job in a rematch."
American promoter Bob Arum then stated on Twitter: “Dillian Whyte was so busy fighting for his WBC mandatory position that he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him cold on his a**.
“[Kubrat] Pulev will KO [Anthony] Joshua next. London Bridges are falling.”
With Tyson Fury posting a picture of Povetkin with the caption: “40 & proud.”
- Eddie Hearn
- Dillian Whyte
- Tyson Fury
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