David Haye contends that there is a key lesson to be learned. Dillian Whyte must learn to avoid being knocked out a second time by Povetkin.
Tonight, Dillian Whyte will seek vengeance against Alexander Povetkin.
When they meet again this evening, David Haye has urged Dillian Whyte not to underestimate Alexander Povetkin for the second time. After being knocked down twice early in the bout, Povetkin scored a spectacular knockout over Whyte last summer.
In their first battle, Whyte appeared to be in command for the majority of the bout, but was knocked out by a powerful uppercut.
The victor of the fight was expected to face Tyson Fury in a mandatory world title fight.
However, in their rematch, Fury has set up a heavyweight unification fight with Anthony Joshua.
After excellent victories over Oscar Rivas, Dereck Chisora, and Joseph Parker, Whyte will be looking to get his title chances back on track.
Povetkin’s defeat was only his second professional defeat; he had previously been knocked out by Joshua in 2015.
Haye knows what it takes to bounce back from a tough loss, and he’s warned Whyte that he can’t go into his rematch with Povetkin thinking he was simply unfortunate the first time around.
Haye told Sky Sports, “It’s a very scary bout.”
“And it’s a fight that Dillian, I believe, refuses to recognize was nothing more than a lucky punch.
“He thought to himself, ‘I’m winning the fight,’ and he was right. ‘I knocked him down twice in the fourth round, and I was winning the fifth until I was hit with one shot, and that was the end of it.’ In boxing, anything can happen. In the heavyweight division, that happens.’
“I don’t believe that’s the approach you should have – you can’t just declare you won because of an exception.
“In a pretty even battle, in a very close, toe-to-toe fight, that left uppercut that he threw knocked out Carlos Takam. It’s a photo he uses on a daily basis.
“You know, Dereck [Chisora] was telling me that he was being hit with that shot when he sparred with him. As a result, it’s one of his shots.
“And getting hit by someone’s finest shot isn’t exactly fortunate, is it? He’s got a lot of potential. It’s the equivalent of being caught by Dillian Whyte’s left hook.
“You’re well aware of its presence. If you throw your right hook to the body or not, you can practice going under it. You can get knocked if you stand up.”Brinkwire Summary News”.