Dillian Whyte insists Alexander Povetkin knockout was ‘nothing’, hits out at Deontay Wilder for not accepting Tyson Fury defeat and talks Mike Tyson
Dillian Whyte insists his devastating knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin was ‘nothing’ ahead of his crunch rematch with the Russian veteran in Gibraltar tonight.
‘The Body Snatcher’ has the opportunity to avenge that loss when he takes on Povetkin, but Whyte insists that the events which unfolded in August 2020 haven’t been a weight on his shoulders.
“Of course I watch it back,” he told the Times of the stunning Povetkin uppercut. “This is nothing. I lost to two Olympic champions.
“I’m a tough person, not someone who is mentally insecure or fragile. I know where heavyweight boxing goes. I’m not the first heavyweight to lose a fight they shouldn’t lose.
“You fight good people you will get knocked out at some point. I should have had my chance years ago, but it didn’t materialise, so I have been rolling the dice ever since.”
Whyte believes fellow heavyweight rival should take a leaf out of his book and move on after his defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury last February.
Whyte added: “I don’t let these things get me down. Look at Wilder. He lost and he keeps crying about it every day, he makes ridiculous excuses.
“He doesn’t need to be like that. He could man up and get on with it.”
Whyte had to wait over 1,000 days for a WBC title shot, and there’s no getting away from the fact the Brixton-born fighter believes he was dealt an altogether different card to that of Fury.
“Money talks,” he insisted. “It’s who you know, who’s flavour of the month. Always been like that. I’m not the only one who’s had to wait.
“He comes back and gets the WBC chance straight away. Boxing’s never going to change. If I said half the things Fury says, I’d be in serious trouble and made to look terrible.”
Whyte also revealed he is a huge fan of former world champion Floyd Patterson, drawing a comparison with his style and Mike Tyson’s.
“He was one of the most knocked down heavyweight champions, but people forget that Mike Tyson fought like Floyd Patterson,” Whyte explained.
“He was one of the first to implement that style – he just never had the chin and power of Tyson.”