Whyte returns to the ring in May when he'll face off against Povetkin, a man famous for upsetting the odds. Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse reports on the early betting...
"It doesn’t pay to take Povetkin lightly and any fighter who has done in the past has been made to pay a heavy price."
WBC interim title on the line
World heavyweight title contender Dillian Whyte - so long stuck on the sidelines - gets a chance to take a massive step towards challenging fellow Brits Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. The Londoner will face Alexander Povetkin in Manchester on 2 May, a fight set to be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The big-punching Englishman can progress his career when meeting respected Russian Povetkin with the interim WBC title on the line. Victory would set the cat amongst the pigeons, possibly delaying Joshua v Fury until 2021 and forcing one of the current champions to give Whyte the chance he has been waiting for.
Whyte taking on a dangerous opponent
Speaking to the sporting press in midweek when the fight was announced, Whyte labelled it a great fight against a former Olympic champion who remains very dangerous. The 31-year-old Londoner reminded followers that Povetkin gave Anthony Joshua a few problems and was sharp enough to beat both David Price and Hughie Fury.
Whyte enters what will be the 29th outing of his career with a professional record reading 27 wins against one defeat. 18 of those victories came by way of knockout, resulting in a fearsome 64% KO average. The sole defeat present on his card was inflicted by Joshua back in 2015 when the future world champion scored a seventh round stoppage to end what had been a pulsating bout.
Opponent Povetkin is, by far, the more experienced man with his CV detailing 35 wins, two defeats and one draw. He has halted 24 victims in a career covering 15 years. Despite now being 40 years old, the 6ft 2inch southpaw is showing no signs of slowing down. He KO'd Price in five, was stopped in seven by AJ and claimed a convincing points win over Fury. Russian Vityaz was last seen drawing with Michael Hunter in a fight he was expected to lose.
Povetkin shouldn't be written off
It doesn't pay to take Povetkin lightly and any fighter who has done in the past has been made to pay a heavy price. Despite his age, he'll arrive back in the UK determined to put on a show and pose Whyte serious problems. He's not here just to make up the numbers, that's for sure, and from this fight we'll see just how close to world title level Dillian is at the minute.
The current betting on the Betfair Sportsbook has Whyte as a strong favourite but there's a slightly better price than expected. The home win is currently available at 2/9. Fancy Povetkin to continue his habit of upsetting the odds? It's 3/1 says he'll gate-crash the party in Manchester. The underdog did manage a draw last time and another level finish is 25/1.