“If You’re Gun-Shy or Hesitant, You Get Killed”: Dillian Whyte on Alexander Povetkin Rematch

Published 03/26/2021, 8:00 AM EDT


Dillian Whyte is all set to contend with Alexander Povetkin this Saturday. The pair will fight yet again for the WBC interim heavyweight strap. In their first meeting, Povetkin floored Whyte and took the entire combat sports fraternity by storm. Yet, Whyte took that loss into his stride and is walking into the rematch with an optimistic mindset.

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Recently, the ‘Body Snatcher’ got interviewed by Fight Hub TV. He spoke on the importance of mindset for this upcoming rematch.

He said, “In my life, the way I’m from always brought up, the things I have to do, you ain’t got time to be gun shy. You know if you’re gun shy or hesitant, you get killed.” 

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“It doesn’t have to be much different man, just change a few things. A bit more consistent in a few areas and whatever, but it’s business usually you know. I just try and just do as much damage as I can.”

Growing up, Whyte didn’t really enjoy a happening childhood as he faced several barriers throughout his life. Hence, that’s principally why feels being hesitant or scared can never be on the cards for him.

Moving into the Povetkin rematch, the ‘Body Snatcher’ wishes to seek his revenge, claim the interim belt, and fulfill his lifelong dream of boxing for a world championship.

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Is Dillian Whyte in his best mental state for the Alexander Povetkin rematch?

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With his comments above, Dillian Whyte seemed extremely confident ahead of the Alexander Povetkin rematch. He wants to keep his mental game on top of anything else to hand over Alexander Povetkin a vicious loss in this fight.

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)

The hard-hitting heavyweight has a sublime track record of 27-2 and on Saturday he’ll look to claim his 28th pro-boxing win. Furthermore, it will intrigue boxing enthusiasts to see how he approaches this fight, given what happened last time around. Based on his comments, it may not be a different approach from ‘Body Snatcher’.

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How do you envision this cracking rematch between the two going?

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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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