It's all-or-nothing for Whyte in Gibraltar on Saturday as he aims for revenge over Povetkin. Betfair's boxing pundit Frankie Monkhouse backs the Brit...
"The Russian is just as dangerous here as he was that night in London."
Score to settle in Gibraltar
It has been more than six months in the making, but on Saturday in Gibraltar, fight fans finally see Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte's return. The WBC interim heavyweight title is on the line, but for Englishman Whyte, this night is worth much more than silverware.
The Bodysnatcher was famously knocked out in five rounds by his Russian rival last August. He now knows defeat here could wreck any chances of him ever getting a shot at Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury.
Povetkin has lost only to the best
Povetkin enters the 40th bout as a professional fighter with 36 wins against two defeats and one draw. Of his victories, he has claimed 25 inside the distance but has been stopped once himself. He's currently ranked number four in the world, a list topped by Fury.
Despite making his professional debut back in 2005, Russian Vityaz has lost only to Wladimir Klitschko on points in 2013 and Britain's Joshua. The Londoner scored an impressive seventh-round TKO at a packed Wembley Stadium in 2018. AJ doesn't quite get the credit he deserves for being the only fighter to stop Alexander.
Since losing to Joshua, we've seen Povetkin get back to what he does best, win fights and upset the odds. He out-pointed Hughie Fury over 12 rounds at the O2 Arena and grabbed a hard-earned split decision draw with Michael Hunter in Saudi Arabia. We last saw Povetkin taking out Whyte, and he's 3.953/1 to do the same again in the rematch. Another KO/TKO will attract attention at 4.3100/30.
Whyte must win at all costs
Whyte saw his career turned upside down at Wembley back in the summer of 2020. He was boxing to orders and looked on his way to stopping the well-travelled Povetkin, sending his opponent to the canvas twice in the fourth round. The Bodysnatcher was cruising when caught with a stunning uppercut that caused referee Mark Lyson to stop the fight and usher in the paramedics.
There weren't many knockouts last year that were quite as brutal as the one suffered by Dillian, but he deserves credit. Whyte dusted himself down and asked Eddie Hearn to make the rematch as soon as possible. He wanted revenge and felt he saw enough before the stoppage to convince him he could beat Povetkin.
Whyte finally gets his wish but knows he must make it count. It doesn't matter how he beats Povetkin; he must do it. This is a win-at-all-costs night for the Brit. Whyte is 1.341/3 jolly to win on the Betfair Exchange with a 19th KO/TKO of his career trading 1.695/7.
Prepare for another thrilling fight
The intriguing thing about this fight is both men can knock the other out with a single punch. This could finish in any round. Povetkin proved we shouldn't write him off when surviving a savage beating early in the first bout to win by knockout.
The Russian is just as dangerous here as he was that night in London, and Whyte knows he can't take his opponent lightly. He can't afford to let his concentration levels dip even for a second. Whyte must be focussed throughout, and he must take his chances when they come.
Povetkin is always going to be a threat, but at 41 years old, he's nearing retirement, and the delay to this fight wouldn't have helped him any. This will be another thriller, but we're taking Whyte to get revenge and his career firmly back on track with a stoppage win.