Whyte vs Povetkin Live Fight prediction, preview, card, odds, start time, how to watch, DAZN When British promoter Eddie Hearn first announced his four-show “Fight Camp” summer series, literally set in the backyard of Matchroom Sport headquarters outside London, it seemed as if the entire showcase was built around the lure of one major fight.
Whyte vs Povetkin Live
That heavyweight tilt is finally upon us this weekend when veterans Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) and Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1, 24 KOs) square off for the WBC interim title and the right to be Tyson Fury’s mandatory opponent.
This Saturday’s card, which will air on pay-per-view in the U.K. and be streamed in the U.S. on DAZN (starting at 2 p.m. ET), also features Irish star and undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor in a rematch of her close decision (and 2019 fight-of-the-year contender) against Belgium’s Delphine Persoon.
The major intrigue, however, centers upon which hard-hitting heavyweight will catapult themselves into elite company among the division’s best, including the unbeaten lineal champion Fury, former WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder (who is expected to fight Fury a third time in December) and unified champion Anthony Joshua.
Although Whyte, 32, readily admits his amateur pedigree can’t compare with Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Russia, “The Body Snatcher” holds up very nice when it comes to his recent run as a pro.
A native of Jamaica who fights out of England, Whyte famously wobbled Joshua before being stopped during their all-action war in 2015. Since that fight, Whyte has won 11 straight including wins over top contenders Dereck Chisora (twice), Robert Helenius, Lucas Browne, Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas and Mariusz Wach.
“People forget I only had seven amateur fights. This is learning for me,” Whyte said during the press conference to announce the fight. “[Povetkin] has been through the mill and seen every style but I haven’t. I’m still learning and I’m in the deep end swimming with these guys. For me to fight these kind of guys is a massive learning opportunity. And listen, I believe I’ll beat them all anyways, I just have to be in shape. As long as I leave the cakes alone, I’m good.”
In shape is something Whyte noticeably wasn’t in when he showed up at 271 pounds for his December win by decision over Wach in which he struggled at times. The fight came during a particularly testy time for Whyte following a failed drug test earlier in the year and a scandal he was ultimately cleared of.
Luckily for Whyte, recent photos from his training camp in Portugal have shown him to be fit and ready for the challenge.