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Alexander Povetkin ‘screamed at the top of his voice’ after ‘once-in-a-lifetime punch’ KO’d Dillian Whyte, says Bellew

ALEXANDER POVETKIN “screamed at the top of his voice” after knocking out Dillian Whyte, claims Tony Bellew.

Despite being floored twice by the “Body Snatcher” in the fourth, the Russian bounced back to land a devastating blow to win it in the fifth.

Former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Bellew was in attendance at Fight Camp to work as a pundit for last month’s fight, and he has described the emotional celebration from the 41-year-old.

Speaking to talkSPORT Fight Night, he said: “I’ve known Alexander Povetkin for 15 years through the amateur circuit and the professional circuit.

“I have never ever seen him show a single bit of emotion in all them 15 years.

“I’m not saying it’s a lucky punch, there’s no such thing as a lucky punch in boxing.

“But I have never seen that man show any emotion after a fight.

“And he screamed at the top of his voice when he hit Dillian Whyte with that punch, because he knows that is a once-in-a-lifetime punch.

“He will never land a punch like that again, he’ll never be in that kind of trouble again and get out of jail the way he did. He knew he was done.

“But he’s thrown a punch that I can’t explain.”

Despite the loss, Bellew still believes Whyte will achieve his dream of becoming heavyweight king.

He previously told talkSPORT Breakfast: “I definitely believe Dillian Whyte will still get to the final destination and become a heavyweight champion of the world.

“Just the right opponents at the right time. We’ve gotta remember, 1,000 days he’s been waiting to challenge for the WBC world title.

“And for 800 of them days Deontay Wilder’s been the world champion – a man who didn’t want to face Dillian Whyte, didn’t wanna know.

“He was facing taxi drivers instead of facing Dillian Whyte.”

Bellew added: “It’s wrong what’s been done to the lad, but he’s now in this very strange position where he’s gotta go into the rematch and his career is on the line.

“I believe Dillian will beat Povetkin. I think he needs to go in there and perform basically the same.

“Just, when you go in for the final finish, you’ve got to be alert and aware.”

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