Alexander Povetkin ‘screamed at the top of his voice’ after ‘once in a lifetime’ KO of Dillian Whyte in first fight, which got him out of jail
Tony Bellew told talkSPORT Alexander Povetkin ‘screamed at the top of his voice’ moments after knocking out Dillian Whyte last August.
The Russian was floored twice in the fourth round by Britain’s ‘Body Snatcher’, but recovered to his feet to score a devastating one-punch KO in the fifth.
Bellew was one of the few in attendance at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp as a pundit.
“I’ve known Alexander Povetkin for 15 years through the amateur circuit and the professional circuit,” he explained to Fight Night on talkSPORT.
“I have never ever seen him show a single bit of emotion in all them 15 years.
“I’m not saying it’s a lucky punch, there’s no such thing as a lucky punch in boxing.
“But I have never seen that man show any emotion after a fight.
“And he screamed at the top of his voice when he hit Dillian Whyte with that punch, because he knows that is a once-in-a-lifetime punch.
“He will never land a punch like that again, he’ll never be in that kind of trouble again and get out of jail the way he did. He knew he was done.
“But he’s thrown a punch that I can’t explain.”
Whyte believes he can avenge the defeat in an immediate rematchDefeat to Povetkin the first time around scuppered any hopes Whyte had of fighting for Tyson Fury’s WBC belt, a title he had spent 1,000 days as mandatory challenger.
Now, though, he has the chance to not only exact revenge for the knockout when he meets Povetkin again on Saturday, in Gibralter, but to get himself into the title discussion once more.
Promoter Eddie Hearn suggested a loss in the rematch and it’s goodbye world title shot.
“That’s a big if,” the promoter explained. “But if he does lose then he will not get a title shot in 2021 or even 2022. Another loss is catastrophic, because it’s back-to-back defeats. But I think it is good pressure to say, “If I lose, I am f*****’”.