Dillian Whyte has his eyes on a mandatory shot at the world heavyweight title after dominating Alexander Povetkin on Saturday to reclaim the WBC interim heavyweight title.
Whyte walked out to the ‘Jaws’ music and fittingly he turned predator in the ring, claiming revenge in the highly-anticipated rematch by fourth-round knockout.
Whyte lost against Povetkin in August and was scheduled for a rematch bout in November but the Russian fell ill with coronavirus.
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Povetkin knocked Whyte out and the 32-year old refused to make excuses, instead quickly focusing all his attention on a revenge mission.
He was swift to exact that revenge, with a huge hook sending the 41-year old Povetkin down before the fight was waved off.
“He’s a tough guy and I had to be careful,” Whyte said post-fight.
“But I could have finished it early. I’m ready to run it back again. I shouldn’t have lost the first time.
“From the first round, I was on to him. I still believe I can be a world champion and I can beat anyone.”
The 32-year-old insisted prior to Saturday’s fight that victory should move him to the front of the line to face the winner of Anthony Joshua’s bout with fellow Briton Tyson Fury.
“I should be number three heavyweight in the world and I should get a title shot this time, so let’s see,” Whyte said.
Joshua and Fury have reportedly signed for a two-fight deal to establish the undisputed heavyweight champion and Whyte wants recognition if he beats WBC interim belt holder Povetkin.
“They better acknowledge it, I’ve waited long enough,” Whyte said.
“The mandatory position is just on hold at the minute, so the winner of this fight should just be mandatory and should just be in line for a title fight next.”
Possible match-ups with Americans Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr or the winner of a proposed clash between Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk and Londoner Joe Joyce are all in the offing after Whyte’s win.
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