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Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte: Heavyweight Battle For WBC Interim Title

Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte are set to meet in Gibraltar for a must-see fight on Saturday.

Looking at the boxing odds, Whyte is the betting favorite at -350. Povetkin is coming in as the underdog at +250. The over/under for the length of the fight is set at 7½ rounds.

Britain's Dillian Whyte (L) fights Finland's Robert Helenius during their WBC silver Heavyweight Championship
ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin are battling for the WBC interim heavyweight title. They also met in August 2020, so vengeance will be one of the top storylines.

Povetkin Scouting Report

At 41 years of age, Povetkin isn’t exactly what you’d call young. It’s been 16 years since he turned professional, and a lot of things have changed. The last Rocky Balboa movie hadn’t been out yet when he stepped into the ring for the first time.

He’s got a 36-2-1 record, with 25 of those victories coming via knockout. He knocked Whyte out in the fifth round when they got together in August and beat him by over 227 points. The battle was never close, and it seemed that he was destined to win right from the outset.

He brings a real punch to the table, and if you don’t guard up, Povetkin will knock you out.

Povetkin has gone 2-0-1 in his last three fights, with his last loss coming against Anthony Joshua in September of 2018 at Wembley Stadium. Prior to that, he hadn’t taken a loss since 2013.

Thirty-six wins in 39 fights mean you’ve had a very successful career to date, and Povetkin is hoping to make it 37 wins now.

Again, he’s 41 years of age. He can’t keep fighting forever. So, every time he gets in the ring, he’s got to really push hard for the win because retiring after a loss would be heartbreaking for everyone in his corner. He’s ranked fourth in the world and first out of Russian boxers.

Whyte Scouting Report

Whyte is based out of the United Kingdom and is nine years younger than his opponent. He enters with a career record of 27-2 with 18 wins by knockout, and both of his losses have come by knockout.

He made his professional debut in 2011, making this his 11th year as a boxer. His loss to Povetkin in August marked his first loss since succumbing to Anthony Joshua five years earlier in 2015.

Both of these boxers have two career losses, with one of them coming against Joshua. His nickname is “The Body Snatcher,” so you already know how exciting he is out there.

If you give Whyte any sort of crease with which to attack, you’re inviting instant defeat upon yourself.

He’s currently ranked eighth out of 1,167 boxers in the world and is third out of 42 from the UK. There are few complaints, if any, about Whyte’s game. The main reason he’s coming in as the underdog is that he was knocked out by Povetkin the last time we saw him.

Since they last met, neither boxer has been in the ring. So we don’t know what either guy has learned from that fight just yet.

And the Winner Is …

The winner of the showdown in Gibraltar is going to be Whyte. It’s all about revenge for him, and losing to Povetkin twice in an eight-month period could be a career-altering move. He might also be seen as a weaker opponent by the promoters and schedulers.

He’s going to get his revenge now, taking Povetkin out. As a result, Whyte is going to be the holder of the WBC interim heavyweight title.

When making your boxing picks on BetUS Sportsbook, the bets to make here are Whyte +250 and over 7½ rounds. It will be a long night.

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