Rumors of heavyweight contender and the former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk stepping in to fight Alexander Povetkin before his rematch with Dillian Whyte have started doing the rounds lately. The logic behind this is to give Whyte more time to heal from his last bout.
Povetkin, however, does not seem too keen on the idea. He has also reasoned that he doesn’t see any objective behind the two facing-off. In an interview with World Boxing News, he said, “Oleksandr is a professional and strong boxer. But to be honest, I don’t see any reasons for us to fight.
“He has his path, which is different from mine. If there were two only boxers in the world, I’d see the point in such a fight. However, there are many other opponents in boxing. So I don’t see us fighting with Usyk soon.”
Undefeated Usyk may face heavyweight veteran Dereck Chisora on October 31. The latter is on a three-fight winning streak as of now.
On being asked about this fight, Povetkin said, “I don’t know. It will definitely be an interesting fight.”
Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) is coming off a spectacular knockout victory over Dillian Whyte. The two are set to square-up in a rematch on November 21.
Povetkin was knocked down twice in the bout. But he landed a beautiful counter left uppercut in the fifth round, knocking Whyte out. However, his shot at the WBC title is not yet confirmed as he will have to beat Dillian Whyte again, this time to seal the spot.
According to promoter Eddie Hearn, the winner of this fight will become the WBC mandatory. Thus, both fighters will look to give their all.
Since the announcement of the bout, fans and media have been criticizing Hearn’s decision to make the rematch so early, despite the way it ended. Questions regarding Whyte’s health have also come up.
Answering them, Hearn stated that it was Dillian Whyte who wanted it more than anyone. Furthermore, he said, Whyte didn’t take much damage in the fight, besides the uppercut that knocked him unconscious.
Seeing the two fighters eager to get it on again, we can say the rematch might be a barn-burner.