Alexander Povetkin Gives Update on Health, Excited for Dillian Whyte Rematch

Published 03/02/2021, 1:00 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Undercard, Alexander Povetkin speaks to the media during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The WBC interim heavyweight champ, Alexander Povetkin, is back on track with his training regimes after the COVID-19 recovery. He will confront his foe, Dillian Whyte, in a rematch on February 27 and defend his interim title. The fight could have happened earlier, but travel restrictions pushed it ahead for three weeks.

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Ahead of this epic encounter, Povetkin was in an interview alongside Sky Sports. Here, he laid out his notions on his recovery, the fight postponement, and more.

“I feel fine. I’m ready to fight, The team and I are in a good mood.”

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“We are ready for the fight, we want this fight,” said the ‘Russian Vityaz’.

LUDWIGSBURG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 05: Leo Nolan (not in the picture) of the US and Alexander Povetkin of Russia exchange punches during their Heavyweight fight at the Arena Ludwigsburg on December 5, 2009 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Povetkin has recovered pretty well from the global pandemic. A rematch with the Brit excites him as he roots for bigger challenges in his career with each bout.

Talking about the fight postponement, he said, “Anything can happen. I reacted normally. What can you do? We made some changes and go on.”

The vicious heavyweight battle between the two will take place in Gibraltar. Despite the location getting changed, ‘Russian Vityaz’ seemed comfortable. He has his eyes keenly set on defending his hard-earned title on February 27 to set himself up for a title shot.

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Can Alexander Povetkin produce the same results in this rematch?

The last time this duo collided was in August 2020. Whyte floored the 41-year-old twice in round 4, but the latter bounced back to claim a knockout victory over him in round 5.

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Ever since then, the ‘Body Snatcher’ has been asking for a rematch, and he’s finally in line to settle his scores.

However, Povetkin won’t give it so easily to him. He’s back with his team, training the way he used to, and is optimistic about producing the same results in the second contest as well.

This bout carries vast responsibilities as the winner directly aligns himself for a title fight. Both of them have colossal plans of walking down the path of a champion. But only one among the two can do so.

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Who will you be rooting for in this rematch? Povetkin or Whyte? Who do you think will get his hand raised on February 27?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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