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Dillian Whyte will look for a rematch with Alexander Povetkin after he was sensationally knocked out by the Russian on Saturday night.
Whyte controlled the heavyweight fight for the first four rounds and looked to be cruising to victory after twice dropping the 40-year-old.
But a brutal left uppercut from Povetkin in the fifth ended the bout in an instance with Whyte motionless on the canvas.
It means the Brit fighter’s heavyweight world title dream is over for the time being – but all is not lost yet it seems.
That is because after the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that a rematch clause had been added to the contract.
And the Matchroom chief claims Whyte asked him to arrange a second fight moments after his loss.
Hearn said: “There is a rematch clause. The first thing Dillian said to me after was ‘get me that rematch, get me that rematch’.
“It was a heavy knockdown so he will have to take his rest. Povetkin is mandatory now but he won’t be called yet.
“We will exercise that rematch clause and look to make that before the end of the year.
“Back-to-back defeats would be a different story but Dillian will come back from this.
“I believe he can and will win the rematch.”
One the fight, Hearn added: "I can't quite believe it. When the punch landed, I felt like I was in some dream.
"The fight was over, virtually, Povetkin hadn't started well, I thought Dillian Whyte was measuring up.
"He had a great finish to the round when he knocked Povetkin down.
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“I felt that it was over, but this is the drama of the sport, this is the drama of heavyweight boxing.
“One punch can change everything."
The loss was only Whyte’s second of his career after previously losing to Anthony Joshua, while many thought Povetkin’s career was coming to an end.
It remains to be seen what the next chapter will bring for both heavyweight stars.
- Eddie Hearn
- Dillian Whyte
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