‘I was bossing it’: Dillian Whyte reveals he felt in control of heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin before brutal knockout left him needing oxygen at Fight Camp… and Brit has already requested December rematch
- Dillian Whyte is adamant he had controlled his clash with Alexander Povetkin
- The British heavyweight had sent his opponent crashing to the canvas twice
- But Whyte saw his hopes smashed after Povetkin’s brutal fifth-round uppercut
- Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Whyte is targeting a rematch later this year
Dillian Whyte is adamant that he had been ‘bossing’ his clash with Alexander Povetkin before being brutally knocked out at Fight Camp on Saturday night.
The British heavyweight star looked as though he would secure a mandatory bout with Tyson Fury after sending Povetkin crashing to the canvas for the second time in the fourth round, but instead found himself reeling soon after.
A devastating uppercut from the 40-year-old saw Whyte needing oxygen, although the Brixton titan already has plans to bounce back from the setback with his sights set on a rematch later this year.
Dillian Whyte is adamant he had been ‘bossing’ his heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin
But the British star was left needing oxygen after Povetkin’s devastating fifth-round uppercut
Povetkin inflicted just a second career defeat on Whyte in the fifth round behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex, despite his opponent dominating until that stage.
And with Whyte’s hopes of a mandatory shot at Fury’s WBC heavyweight title now dashed in the most shocking of fashions, the 32-year-old is targeting revenge.
‘Can we get the rematch in December?’ he asked promoter Eddie Hearn, via Matchroom’s Instagram.
The shock knockout saw Whyte’s dreams of a mandatory shot at Tyson Fury’s title shattered
‘Okay cool. I’m good, I’m good, it’s one of them things where he just landed.
‘I was bossing it.
‘It is what it is. Rematch, it’s all good. That’s what heavyweight boxing is about.’
Matchroom Boxing supremo Hearn has confirmed that Whyte will be able to trigger a clause in his contract to force through a highly-anticipated rematch.
Povetkin inflicted just a second career defeat on Whyte behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ
Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Whyte is eager for a rematch to take place later this year
He told Sky Sports: ‘The first thing Dillian said was “Get me that rematch, get me that rematch.”
‘Povetkin is mandatory now, but the only person who would get called to negotiate fighting the winner of Fury-Wilder was Dillian Whyte.
‘We’ll exercise that rematch clause. We’ll look to make that before the end of the year and it’s a huge fight.’