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Dillian Whyte is not first boxer to be sucker-punched… now he must not let Povetkin loss KO title dream

, Dillian Whyte is not first boxer to be sucker-punched… now he must not let Povetkin loss KO title dream

YOU didn’t have to be a mind reader to know by the look on Dillian Whyte’s face that he was wondering: ‘What the hell hit me.’

Whyte, knocked out cold by Alexander Povetkin’s perfect left uppercut that exploded on his chin like a  sniper’s bullet, didn’t see it coming.

World title hopeful Dillian Whyte can bounce back after this shock but thunderous knockout by Alexander Povetkin

, Dillian Whyte is not first boxer to be sucker-punched… now he must not let Povetkin loss KO title dream

At least for now, Dillian Whyte’s dream of trying to dethrone Tyson Fury is off the agenda

The punch was so  powerful it lifted his 18st frame off his feet and dumped him on his back in such a deep sleep, it’s a wonder he wasn’t snoring.

Last weekend in Brentwood, Whyte’s dream of challenging Tyson Fury, for his WBC world heavyweight title, was left in tatters.

Dillian appeared on his way to a comfortable win against the Russian, 40, when he became a victim of that boxing rarity — a devastating single KO blow.

It brought memories of other dramatic occasions I’ve seen when one shot  out of nowhere turns  certain victory into defeat.

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Purists admire silky skills but for most there’s no more spine-tingling sight than someone  flattened  unexpectedly.

And perhaps most memorable of all was when 45-year-old George Foreman challenged unbeaten Michael Moorer — 19 years younger — for his WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles in  Las Vegas 26 years ago.

Old man Foreman was having his head jabbed off while Moorer gave him a systematic beating.

Three judges had Moorer far ahead as they came out for the tenth and it looked  doubtful Foreman would make the final bell.

Little did we know Big George was seconds from history.

Moorer lost his focus and Foreman, seeing the opening, let fly with a right-hand bomb straight as an arrow that crashed against the champ’s jaw.

Moorer must have seen all the lights of Vegas flashing before he landed senseless on the canvas and  Foreman celebrated becoming the oldest-ever  world heavyweight champ.

Fourteen years before  I watched in disbelief as the WBA heavyweight crown changed hands in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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John Tate’s first defence in front of his hometown fans saw him way ahead on points against the unheralded Mike Weaver.

, Dillian Whyte is not first boxer to be sucker-punched… now he must not let Povetkin loss KO title dream

George Foreman was 45 and being outclassed when he KO’d Michael Moorer, 26

A tired and dispirited Weaver had never been 15 rounds.

With 55 seconds left of the final round he threw a desperate right cross.

It caught Tate right on the button and he crashed face down on the canvas,  out to the world, while Weaver celebrated.

The most heartbreaking Brit defeat I saw was when Herol Graham threw away the vacant WBC middleweight title against Julian Jackson in Spain 30 years ago.

Graham had brilliantly outclassed Jackson and  at the end of the third  Julian looked  beaten.

Everyone thought it was going to be stopped but his trainer persuaded the ref to give Jackson three more minutes.

All Herol had to do was jab and move but he tried to stop Jackson and the inevitable happened.

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He left himself wide open and Jackson landed  a howitzer of a right on Graham’s chin and he was out like a light.

Herol is arguably the best British fighter never to win a world title.

Whyte isn’t the first and won’t be the last to be sucker-punched.

He may take consolation in the words of George S Patton, the US World  War II general who said “Success is measured by how high you bounced when you hit bottom”.

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