The rematch fight fans want to see is already in the making as Dillian Whyte aims to get his career back on track. Frankie Monkhouse is surprised by the early betting...
"There will be no shortage of interest in Alexander giving us more of the same."
England's Dillian Whyte has the chance to get revenge over Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin after it was confirmed a rematch has been agreed for November.
Whyte was knocked out in astonishing fashion by 41-year-old Povetkin at the purpose-build Matchroom Fight Camp in summer. Many critics predicted it was a result that would send Dillian down the rankings and ruin any chance he had of becoming a respected world champion, but the 32-year-old Londoner was instrumental in driving through the rematch.
Whyte's career is on the line
Fight fans have been promised a 'bad guy' Whyte second time out with promoter Eddie Hearn assuring members of the press Dillian knows his career is on the line in this all-or-nothing decider. Hearn believes his man has the mentality to set the record straight and get his career firmly back on track at the first time of asking.
Organisers have set aside a November 21 date for the bout and have pencilled in Wembley Arena or the Royal Albert Hall. The final decision on a venue will depend on coronavirus regulations and supporters being allowed to attend. It's certainly a match-up most lovers of the noble art would want to see in person. Armchair fans will get their chance to keep pace with the action thanks to Sky Box Office coverage.
Povetkin boasts 25 KO wins
Whyte went into the first match as hot favourite in the betting to defeat an ageing Povetkin and nudge himself closer to a grudge match with old foe Anthony Joshua or WBC king Tyson Fury. Both men already have their next fight set out but Dillian knows if he can avenge his loss to Povetkin and do it in style he will be first in line for a shot at either.
Picking up the 28th win of his professional career is certainly no foregone conclusion for the Bodysnatcher, of course, and to return to winning ways he must master an opponent who has carved a career out of upset wins.
Alexander's stunning fifth-round knockout of Dillian in August was the 36th win of his career and the 25th time he has stopped an opponent. The man from Chekhov has suffered only two defeats in a career that can be traced back to 2005, beaten on points by Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow seven years ago and halted in seven by Joshua at Wembley in 2018.
Traders stick with Brit
Despite entering the first fight as odds-on favourite and being blown away early in the contest, Betfair traders have chosen to stick with Whyte and the Brit is, once again, strong market leader in the fight winner betting. Users of the Betfair Sportsbook will find Whyte as 1/3 jolly. Those looking to take a bit more of a gamble can play the method of victory betting. Whyte by KO/TKO is 7/5 with the points cheer trading at 17/10.
The fact odds-makers are showing faith in Whyte and have kept him as favourite despite being knocked out by Povetkin will grab the attention of value hunters. There will be no shortage of interest in Alexander giving us more of the same. Povetkin is 2/1 on the Betfair Sportsbook to beat Whyte with another KO/TKO an eye-catching 11/4. That's deemed a more likely outcome than a points victory for the away fighter which is 9/1.