Dillian Whyte weighed in Friday afternoon at near his weight for his spectacular knockout of Dereck Chisora of their rematch two years in the past.
London’s Whyte stepped on the dimensions at 247¼ kilos for his rematch towards Alexander Povetkin on Saturday evening, about 5 kilos lower than he weighed for his or her first combat. Russia’s Povetkin, the WBC interim heavyweight champion, formally weighed in at 228¼ kilos.
Their rapid rematch will happen at Europa Level Sports activities Advanced in Gibraltar (Sky Sports activities Field Workplace; DAZN). A crowd of roughly 500 will likely be allowed to attend the cardboard headlined by Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs), who weighed 246½ kilos the day earlier than he knocked out Chisora within the 11th spherical of their second combat in December 2018 at O2 Area in London.
The 32-year-old Whyte weighed 252¼ kilos for his fifth-round knockout loss to Povetkin on August 22 in Brentwood, England. The 41-year-old Povetkin got here in Friday barely heavier than he weighed August 21 (224 kilos).
The Jamaican-born contender dealt with Povetkin comparatively simply through the first 4 rounds that evening on the grounds of Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters. Whyte dropped Povetkin twice through the fourth spherical, through which an aged, drained Povetkin appeared as if he had been able to be knocked out.
The previous WBA champion managed to get well between the fourth and fifth rounds, effectively sufficient to unload an unimaginable left uppercut that knocked Whyte chilly. Povetkin viciously despatched Whyte crashing to the canvas, beneath a backside rope.
Referee Mark Lyson instantly stopped their scheduled 12-round combat for Whyte’s WBC interim championship.
Whyte started calling for the rematch he was owed in his contract that evening.
The second combat initially was scheduled for November 23. It was postponed till January 30 as a result of Povetkin examined constructive for COVID-19 early in November.
Povetkin wanted extra time to organize for his or her rematch, and it was postponed once more, till March 6. It will definitely was reset for Saturday evening.
Povetkin-Whyte II will headline a Sky Sports activities Field Workplace pay-per-view present in the UK (£19.95; 6 p.m. GMT). DAZN will stream it in the US (2 p.m. ET; 11 a.m. PT) and roughly 200 extra nations.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He could be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.