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Tony Bellew, Teddy Atlas, and Other Boxing Pros React to Dillian Whyte’s Brutal KO of Alexander Povetkin

Published 03/27/2021, 10:49 PM EDT

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Dillian Whyte successfully avenged his loss against Alexander Povetkin and reclaimed the WBC Interim heavyweight crown by unleashing a knockout win in round four of the 12-rounds headliner. Akin to the original fight, Whyte appeared as the aggressor from the first round.

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The Brit unveiled a lopsided prowess and dismantled his Russian adversary for a brief period. While Povetkin was looking for a way to respond, it was clearly Dillian Whyte’s night. ‘The Body Snatcher’ clipped Povetkin multiple times, advancing himself comfortably on the scorecard.

However, he didn’t let the judges decided his fate. The sweet revenge came via stoppage, as Whyte was similarly left concussed in the first fight. Although both the fights appeared similar till they stopped, the vast difference in the outcomes has validated Dillian Whyte’s spot in the top-tier of the division.


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While the heavyweight boxers collided against each other and put on a tremendous fight to the display, here’s how boxing analysts and media persons have reacted to the fight.


What’s next for Dillian Whyte?

Following his Interim title win, Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC title. However, he will have to cool his heels until Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua face each other in a title unification battle.

Meanwhile, Whyte can face any of the other heavyweights in the period, but considering his mandatory spot at stake, ‘The Body Snatcher’ might opt to take some time off from the grind. He has fought Povetkin twice in six months, being super active in recent times.


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Meanwhile, he is also back to the winning ways and is 28-2 as a professional. That said, Whyte’s future in the division can be even brighter as the 32-year-old is one of the most reputed names in the ongoing title ride. If he continues to showcase his prowess, ‘The Body Snatcher’ can possibly be a world champion in the coming days.


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Written by:

Raj Sarkar


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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.
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