Dillian Whyte’s clash with Alexander Povetkin is finally set to go ahead this weekend following its problems due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Britain’s ‘Body Snatcher’ was set to take on the tough Russian in Manchester back in May but the exciting fight was put back due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
It was hoped that Whyte vs Povetkin could usher in the return of elite sport but the clash was shelved.
Now, several weeks on, the two heavyweights are set to go toe-to-toe in the biggest bout since boxing returned.
Dillian Whyte is set to fight Alexander Povetkin on Saturday 22nd August 2020 at Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which means there is no weight limit.
This contest is for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world.
Whyte will be defending WBC Interim World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. He was promoted from a secondary belt in December 2019. He has held this belt for a total of 253 days (8 months and 9 days).
Also, on the undercard will be Katie Taylor’s and Delfine Persoon’s clash, Luther Clay’s and Chris Kongo’s clash and Jack Cullen’s and Zak Chelli’s clash .
WHYTE VS POVETKIN STATS
Dillian Whyte steps into the ring with a record of 27 wins and 1 loss, 18 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Alexander Povetkin will make his way to the ring with a record of 35 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, with 24 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Povetkin has a slight advantage in power over Whyte, with a 69% knock out percentage over Whyte’s 67%.
Dillian Whyte is the younger man by 8 years, at 32 years old.
Whyte has a height advantage of 2 inches over Povetkin. This also extends to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Dillian Whyte & Alexander Povetkin fight out of an orthodox stance.
Whyte is the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 5 year and 11 months later than Povetkin, who’s first professional fight was in 2005. He has fought 100 less professional rounds, 155 to Povetkin’s 255.
Dillian Whyte goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the RING in the heavyweight division.
Alexander Povetkin is currently ranked number 9 by the WBC and 6 by the RING in the heavyweight division.