Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2: Date, ring walk, how to watch it and odds

Whyte goes into the contest knowing it's win or bust with a victory seeing him back in heavyweight contention, while a defeat could see the end of his career.

An intriguing occasion can be expected in the unlikely venue of Gibraltar this weekend as Dillian "The Body Snatcher" Whyte steps back into the ring for his rescheduled rematch with Russian veteran and WBC interim champion Alexander "Sasha" Povetkin.

Billed as the "Rumble on the Rock", Whyte will be looking to avenge the stunning fifth round knockout loss suffered at the hands of the experienced Russian back in August of last year.

Having been dropped twice in the early rounds, Povetkin delivered an explosive uppercut that left Whyte prone on the canvas, sending a shockwave throughout the heavyweight division and leaving the 32-year-old Brit's dreams of fighting for a world title in ruins.

However, moments after the dramatic defeat, Whyte revealed a rematch clause that leads us to this weeks´ rearranged contest that had been scheduled for earlier this month but was delayed following a positive Covid-19 test for the 41-year-old Russian.

Whyte on the road to redemption

Having suffered the heaviest knockout of his career, Whyte is undoubtedly playing a dangerous game in taking the immediate rematch with the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, but the likeable Brixton heavyweight has come to terms with the devastating loss suffered at Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp last summer.

"The number of times I've been shot and stabbed and the kind of lifestyle I was living, I thought I would be dead by the time I was 30," he explained.

"There were days when I wanted to give up but thank God, I didn't. I kept pushing forward and kept on defeating obstacle after obstacle after obstacle.

"Don't get me wrong, it's stressful, and it's hard, and it's difficult, but it's easier for me to give Povetkin credit, dust myself off and do it again. I can beat this guy." he continued.

"One thing you're guaranteed in life is you're going to lose," he added. "So the sooner you get to grips with it, the sooner you realise and accept it, the easier it is."

Dillian Whyte was ranked as WBC's number one for more than 1,000 days
Dillian Whyte was ranked as WBC's number one for more than 1,000 days

With a record of 27 wins and two defeats, Whyte is risking it all in stepping back in the ring against a crafty and dangerous opponent who has just one stoppage loss on his resume, that a seventh round TKO at the hands of Anthony Joshua - who also beat Whyte inside the distance.

A former WBA champion, Povetkin is as experienced as they come and Whyte must know that another loss would leave his dreams of becoming a heavyweight world champion in tatters and his career very much on skid-row.

Without taking a tune-up fight, it could be argued that Whyte has not given himself the chance to box himself back into form, and whether any mental scars remain from that heavy knockout loss last August remain to be seen.

Indeed, while Whyte is a mentally strong and talented fighter, he would not be the first heavyweight to see his career come off the rails following successive defeats to the same foe.

David Price springs to mind.

However, Whyte was dominating the first fight until that one explosive left uppercut brought the bout to a rapid conclusion.

Prior to that one, albeit vital blow, Whyte had controlled the action, dropping Povetkin twice in the 4th round before being caught by what was surely the best punch ever thrown in the Russian's 16-year long professional career.

If, and it remains a big if, Whyte can dominate the fight with a strong and dominant jab coupled with his impressive range of body punches, the win should be his for the taking.

However, Povetkin is a skilled and experienced pro who, having tasted defeat just twice in his career, will believe lightning can strike twice.

Should Whyte emerge victorious in this revenge mission, he will have re-established himself as the best heavyweight fighting today yet to fight for world honours.

Having been a mandatory challenger for over 1000 days, there can be little doubt that Whyte should have already fought for one of the four major world titles and if he can get the W here, a future title shot must surely lie on his horizon.

Where and when?

The bout was initially scheduled for Saturday, March 6, but following Povetkin's positive test for Covid will now take place this coming Saturday, March 27.

The event begins at 7pm GMT, with ring walks expected at approximately 10-10.30pm.

What's on the line?

Povetkin's WBC interim heavyweight title is up for grabs, while WBC president Jose Suliman has suggested that the winner of this bout take on Deontay Wilder, with the victor in that fight becoming mandatory challenger to Tyson Fury's full WBC title.

Where can I watch it?

The event is available to order in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491) and Sky Sports Box Office HD (Sky channel 492).

html) */?>

The fight can also be live-streamed on the Sky Box Office app. For viewers outside of the UK, DAZN will stream the fight in over 200 countries, including America.

Where's the value?

Dillian Whyte enters this contest as a strong betting favourite at just 2/7 odds on to claim the victory, with Povetkin available at a generous 5/2.

Given what happened last time around, Povetkin certainly seems to have been under-estimated by the oddsmakers, and while the edge probably does belong to the Brixton born fighter, this fight is certainly much more of a pick-em affair than those odds would imply.

Despite there being a good chance of revenge for Whyte, Povetkin carries a serious and present threat despite his advanced years and cannot be discounted in this heavyweight contest.

The Russian boasts an outstanding amateur pedigree and, as a fighting professional since 2005, has been in with the best of them and can certainly upset the applecart once again if Whyte gets careless or takes his eye off the prize.

There is also the nagging doubt on whether Whyte will carry some significant mental baggage from the heavy loss suffered in the first fight.

Povetkin will certainly come with plenty of confidence, having already proven the truth in that famous boxing adage - a heavyweight´s punch power is the last thing to go. Even at 41, Povetkin retains, at the very least, a puncher's chance.

Ultimately though, if Whyte maintains his composure and focus, he has the toolset to box his way to a late stoppage or decision victory and odds on the fight going over 7.5 rounds at 8/11 holds plenty of appeal in that regard.

Whyte to win on points is available at 3/1, while a revenge KO is on offer at 8/11 odds on.

Latest Boxing Videos