‘Whyte was so busy fighting for his WBC mandatory he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him cold on his ass’: Bob Arum sticks the knife in after ‘Bodysnatcher’ is stunned by brutal KO… and then takes swipe at Anthony Joshua too!
Legendary promoter Bob Arum has stuck the knife into Dillian Whyte after his hopes of a world-title shot were destroyed by Alexander Povetkin’s knockout win.
Whyte had his Russian counterpart down twice in the fourth round after impressing in the first three.
But just as it appeared he would close in on a shot at the WBC world heavyweight title, Povetkin produced a devastating uppercut in the fifth.
Bob Arum has stuck the knife into Dillian Whyte after his hopes of a world-title shot were ended
Alexander Povetkin produced a stunning fifth-round uppercut to knock out the ‘Bodysnatcher’
Whyte was left needing immediate medical treatment, and while Eddie Hearn stated he will get a rematch, Arum did not hesitate to taunt the ‘Bodysnatcher’.
‘Dillian Whyte was so busy fighting for his WBC mandatory position that he didn’t see Povetkin’s uppercut, which knocked him cold on his ass,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Veteran promoter Arum also had a warning for Anthony Joshua following Povetkin’s stunning victory at Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters.
The IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight champion was in attendance to see Whyte’s defeat and Arum took a swipe at him, adding: ‘[Kubrat] Pulev will KO Joshua next. London Bridges are falling.’
Veteran promoter Bob Arum took to Twitter to taunt Whyte following his defeat on Saturday
Arum is also Tyson Fury’s promoter, but the Gypsy King tweeted his own praise for Povetkin, who has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua in a 39-fight and 15-year-long career.
Fury tweeted: ’40 & proud’ and added a thumbs up emoji to congratulate the Russian.
But Whyte clearly has work to do in the rematch having believed it was curtains for Povetkin not much earlier.
Arum also claimed that Anthony Joshua would suffer a similar fate against Kubrat Pulev
‘I can’t quite believe it,’ said his promoter Hearn.
‘When the punch landed I felt like I was in some dream. The fight was over virtually. Dillian was measuring Povetkin up, then two heavy knockdowns.
‘I and others thought it was over. This is the drama of heavyweight boxing, one punch can change everything.
‘He has to do a job in a rematch.’
Arum is Tyson Fury’s promoter and the Gypsy King congratulated Povetkin on the win