Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement


Dillian Whyte losing to Alexander Povetkin in rematch would be ‘terminal’ for his world title ambitions, says Hearn

DILLIAN WHYTE has been warned by Eddie Hearn that a second defeat to Alexander Povetkin could be “terminal” for his world title ambitions.

The British heavyweight ace, 32, was KO’d by the 41-year-old Russian last month.

Eddie Hearn has warned Dillian Whyte that a second defeat to Alexander Povetkin could end his WBC title chances

But Whyte has the chance to exact revenge in a rematch on November 21.

Whyte had been the WBC mandatory challenger before his defeat to Povetkin.

Winning the rematch is sure to reinstate him as No1 to face Tyson Fury while also securing the WBC interim title.

But promoter Hearn claims that a second defeat to Povetkin is sure to spell the end of Whyte’s chances to face The Gypsy King.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Hearn told Sky Sports: “All of a sudden, the pressure is not just on trying to become the mandatory and fight Fury.

“This is the pressure of his career on November 21.

“Controlling the fight, a brutal knockout, and all of a sudden like that, his career spins on its head.

“He’s hugely motivated to put this right, but it’s extremely dangerous and of course, moving into the rematch, just 13 weeks after the first fight is very, very dangerous.

“But Dillian Whyte wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I think [defeat] is terminal for his world title chances – and that’s obviously the ultimate aim for him. I think he knows the pressures.

“He was deeply disappointed with getting knocked out from an amazing bit of skill from Povetkin and he’s got to put that right.

“Povetkin and his team are ready to go. They don’t see a problem. They’ve knocked him out once, they think they’re going to do it again in November.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“A very confident Povetkin, and all of a sudden, all of the pressure lies on the shoulders of Whyte.

“The winner will be WBC mandatory, it’s just when that’s called. I know that Whyte will be pushing that as hard as he can, but it’s just about getting that victory.

“If he gets that victory, his world title shot will come, and really that’s all that matters.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.



CHRIS EUBANK JR reckons he can lure Kell Brook out of his week-long retirement very soon. Sheffield’s 35-year-old former welterweight world champ hung up...

Horse Racing

THIS is the moment a jockey who had just won on his 999-1 horse is thrown off by a loose runner as carnage unfolded...


ANTHONY JOSHUA’S stablemate Frazer Clarke believes the heavyweight star is mentally stronger heading into his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. The British icon, 32, had...


A YOUTUBE star aged 41 produced a brilliant knockout just 22 seconds into a fight with an opponent that was almost half his age....


JERMELL CHARLO has no plans for a lucrative showdown with Logan or Jake Paul after seeing off Brian Castano. The American star, 31, was...


LAURA ROBSON has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28. The Brit was tipped as a potential Wimbledon champion in her...