Frank Warren Reveals Why He Was Extremely Happy When Alexander Povetkin Knocked Out Dillian Whyte

Published 12/07/2020, 10:00 AM EST
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)


Dillian Whyte was one win away from a massive fight, which could have changed his fortunes in boxing. Whyte was the interim WBC Heavyweight champion and had a mandatory fight against Fury lined up. However, he faltered while defending that crown against Alexander Povetkin.

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Frank Warren was criticized for his reaction to the Povetkin win. Eddie Hearn accused Warren of ‘gloating’. However, Warren has come out to address that.

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“The reason I was so happy about him getting beat was because we got rid of that mandatory to enable those guys to get it on. I didn’t criticize him and say he faked a knockout or anything, he got beat and I was delighted because that took down an obstacle to get the fight all the fans want to see between Tyson Fury and AJ.

“It got rid of that obstacle, so why wouldn’t anybody in boxing be happy about that? What do you wanna see? Dillian Whyte in with Tyson Fury at Wembley, or do you want to see AJ and Tyson?”

Whyte will rematch Povetkin sometime soon. Their rematch was scheduled for 21 November, but Povetkin tested positive for COVID-19, scrapping the bout.

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Everyone has wanted to see Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua butt heads. After Fury beat Wilder and Joshua reclaimed his title from Andy Ruiz Jr, it was obvious who the best heavyweights in the world were. While Fury vs Joshua is yet to be confirmed, everyone knows that it is the fight that boxing needs.

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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)

So how odd would it have been if Fury had to go through his mandatory challenger, Dillian Whyte, first? Well, there is no point in debating hypothetical situations, but it would be a massive inconvenience for Fury.

Whyte is an excellent boxer, so it wouldn’t be a total roll-over; however, Fury would still be the favorite.

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Povetkin took care of Whyte in their first fight earlier this year, so the second fight was quite anticipated. However, we will have to realign our expectations and see how it goes whenever it is booked.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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