• Last chance for The Body Snatcher - Whyte vs Povetkin 2 - Preview & how to watch

    Published Thursday 25 March 2021 12:57pm

    2 min read

    The term ‘must win fight’ is often overused in Boxing. However, this Saturday Dillian Whyte faces Russia’s Alexander Povetkin in a rematch where only a win will do if Whyte’s hopes of a World Title are ever to materialise.

By James Waring

Even Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn admits his world title ambitions may not recover from another defeat.  Their aim is to get him back in a position to fight for the world Heavyweight championship.  Without that, there is little interest.  If he loses again, that is out – and not just for six months or a year.  That could be out forever.

The ‘Body snatcher’ was WBC long time mandatory challenger before a knockout defeat to former champion Povetkin last summer, meaning a 1,000-day wait for a world title shot was in vain. 

Being ranked number one contender would in normal circumstances ensure an opportunity to fight for the World Title.  Whyte had previously been unfairly caught up in the ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ saga between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder (who at the time held the four recognised world heavyweight titles between them), as they failed to negotiate a lucrative unification match up.  A saga that left Whyte out in the cold having no other option but to take risky fights to just keep busy and maintain his position at the top of the rankings.

Since being number one mandatory challenger for the much-coveted WBC belt, Whyte has taken on a number of serious contenders to remain in the frame.  Former world champions, Lucas Browne and Joseph Parker were taken care of, as well as the very dangerous Dereck Chisora (twice), Oscar Rivas and Marius Wach in what seemed like a never-ending quest to achieve a World Title fight.

There’s no doubt that Whyte had done enough to warrant a shot at one of the World Titles, but Boxing can be a cruel sport and it is often the case that opportunities are dependant on much more than ability and resume.

How to watch Whyte v Poketkin 2 live on TV in the UK

Watch Whyte vs Povetkin 2 on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office from 6pm.