Dave Coldwell excited to join Whyte glory bid

Dave Coldwell is ready to be “a second pair of eyes” in a bid to help Dillian Whyte move a giant step closer to the WBC world heavyweight title.

The experienced and highly-regarded Coldwell has been added to Whyte’s corner for Saturday night’s blockbusting showdown with former WBA heavyweight king Alexander Povetkin (35-2-1) at Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex.

While Xavier Miller will be very much in charge of things for the first time following Whyte’s recent split with Mark Tibbs, Coldwell adds top-level experience for a massive night.

“It’s just to be a second pair of eyes, if needed,” Coldwell told Sky Sports. “I’m there to just help his coach and keep things running smoothly, and if I spot something, then I’ll give my opinion to him, and he’ll take it on from there.

“First and foremost, I’m a boxing fan, so I’m a fan of Dillian Whyte. I’ve always got on with him. Around the shows for years, we’ve always had a bit of a laugh.

“It’s great to be involved in another massive night and I love working on these huge events. I’m quite experienced at that sort of stuff and it’s exciting.”

Whyte knows the importance of Saturday night to his career ambitions – he has been waiting as the WBC mandatory contender for more than 1000 days now – and must not fall at the final hurdle in his big to land a title shot against the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3.

He explained: “Dave is someone I’ve known a long time. He’s experienced with heavyweights, was in David Haye’s corner back in the day, and has trained Tony Bellew. He knows how to handle a big guy like Povetkin.

“Dave can offer secondary advice, or perhaps see something that I have missed.”

Saturday night’s showdown will be screened live on Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view (price £19.95) while streaming platform DAZN will air the fight in nine markets – United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.