Tony Bellew had not been attempting to minimize Alexander Povetkin’s amazing return versus Dillian Whyte.
Yet based upon what the Skies Sports boxing expert experienced August 22, Bellew does not take into consideration Povetkin efficient in defeating Whyte once more Saturday evening at the Europa Factor Sports Facility in Gibraltar. The ex-WBC cruiserweight champ and also retired heavyweight competitor picked Whyte to win their instant rematch by ko in a meeting with IFL TELEVISION.
“I think Dillian will go out there [on Saturday] and prove everybody wrong and just, you know, get the win,” Bellew stated. “He will beat Povetkin, and I think he will stop him.”
Skies Sports Ticket office will air the Povetkin-Whyte rematch as the centerpiece of a pay-per-view program in the UK (₤ 19.95; 6 p.m. GMT). DAZN will stream it in the USA (3 p.m. ET; noontime PT) and also around 200 extra nations.
London’s Whyte, 32, and also Russia’s Povetkin, 41, will defend the WBC acting heavyweight title Povetkin won from Whyte 7 months back. Oddsmakers have actually developed Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) as a 3-1 favored to leading Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) in their 2nd battle.
Whyte will try to retaliate a ruthless knockout loss in a battle he was winning quickly prior to Povetkin’s savage left uppercut knocked him subconscious in the 5th round.
Whyte knocked Povetkin to the canvas two times in the 4th round and also showed up well on his means towards a knockout success. Povetkin recuperated in between the 4th and also 5th rounds, nevertheless, and also unloaded that memorable uppercut early in the 5th round.
Povetkin’s shattering strike left Whyte level on his back, below a lower rope, to instantly finish a centerpiece at Matchroom Boxing’s head office in Brentwood, England.
“I think [Whyte] will pick up where he left off in the first fight,” Bellew stated. “He was doing so, so well till that solitary gap of focus. [He was] one punch far from winning. I’m not claiming it’s a fortunate strike tossed byPovetkin Yet what I am claiming is it’s a once-in-a-career, life time strike. You do not drop two times in a battle, be out on your feet, and after that toss a strike essentially that’s originated from the center of no place and also to place your challenger out.
“That very rarely happens. That happens once a career. It’s very rare that you can name me a fighter who’s done it on multiple occasions. I can’t think of many others – other than someone like Nigel Benn, perhaps Julian Jackson, two fighters out of how many hundreds of thousands? They’re the only two fighters I can think of who’ve done it more than twice.”
Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.