Dillian Whyte Upset Over Fourth Round Knockout of Alexander Povetkin: ‘I Could Have Finished Him Early’

Published 03/27/2021, 10:49 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Dillian Whyte celerbates knocking out Derek Chisora as the referee stops the fight after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora at The O2 Arena on December 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Dillian Whyte is famous for his brutal honesty both inside and outside the ring. ‘The Body Snatcher’ doesn’t shy away from saying it as it is. And after his victory over Alexander Povetkin, the Brixton-born fighter opened up about his performance.

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Whyte took on Povetkin in a crucial rematch with a lot riding on it. However, the 32-year-old avenged his loss in the first fight with a vicious knockout of the Russian in the fourth round. Despite this, the Englishman wanted a better performance.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Dillian Whyte celebrates victory over Derek Chisora after the Heavyweight fight between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora at The O2 Arena on December 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Whyte addressed his performance at the post-fight interview. He said, “You know what, I’m upset it didn’t get finished in the first round. I could’ve you know, I tried. But he’s a tough guy.” 

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This comment showed Whyte’s regret with his performance. However, it was a testament to Povetkin’s chin.

The 28-2 heavyweight then added, “Last time I put him down twice, but I think I could have finished him early.” 

Thus, Whyte had the first fight in mind and wanted to make a statement with his performance.

Despite not getting the first-round knockout, the newly crowned interim WBC heavyweight champion showed why he belongs among the top fighters in the division.

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Why didn’t Dillian Whyte get the first-round knockout?

‘The Body Snatcher’ made no secret of his regret, and although he credited Povetkin, the Londoner felt he should have finished the fight earlier. So why didn’t ‘The Body Snatcher’ step on it and finish the fight in the second round?

In the first fight, Whyte dropped ‘Russian Vityaz’ twice in the fourth round. The second time, the bell saved the Russian. Thus, as soon as round five began, Whyte sensed danger and went for the knockout. However, Povetkin caught him with a powerful uppercut and knocked him out.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 24: Dillian Whyte celebrates his sixth round knockout victory over Lucas Browne during their WBC Silver Heavyweight Championship at The O2 Arena on March 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Therefore, the Londoner was careful not to make the same mistake. Even though Whyte hurt Povetkin in the first round, he took his time and picked him apart. As a result, he avoided any big-blows from the veteran Russian.

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Ultimately, it paid off as Whyte got the all-important victory and can look ahead towards his next opponent.

What do you make of these comments from Dillian Whyte? Do you think he should have gone for the first-round knockout?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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