Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 sees ‘The Body Snatcher’ put his top-level career on the line on Saturday January 30, 2021.
The Brixton man knows he cannot lose to the Russian again after suffering a devastating fifth-round stoppage at the hands of the former world heavyweight champion at Matchroom Fight Camp on Saturday August 22.
That shock, defeat courtesy of a beautiful left uppercut, wrecked Whyte’s dream of a shot at the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 for the WBC world heavyweight title, and now his very career at the top is under threat.
A win would see him regain his spot as WBC mandatory contender, but would give no guarantee of when his title shot may come. Last time he waited more than 1000 days for his chance before falling at the very last hurdle.
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 date, time and venue
Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 will take place on Saturday January 30, 2021. The venue will be London’s SSE Arena, Wembley.
The fight had been initially scheduled to take place on Saturday November 21. But on November 3, promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Povetkin had been hospitalised following a positive test for COVID-19. The bout was subsequently postponed to 2021.
The showdown will take place behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The same scenario happened for the first fight, at Matchroom Fight Camp back on August 22.
The main event will start between 2200 GMT and 2300 GMT on Saturday January 30, and in the United States between 1700 ET and 1800 ET.
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 TV channel and live stream
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 will be aired live on pay-per-view in the UK by Sky Sports Box Office, with pricing yet to be announced by the broadcaster.
Streaming platform DAZN will show Whyte vs Povetkin in the United States as part of its relationship with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. There is no news yet on which other DAZN markets will show the bout (the service is currently live also in Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Austria and Switzerland).
The DAZN service can be streamed live through all major platforms – including smart TVs, set-top boxes, streaming sticks, smartphones, tablets, PCs and game consoles – and costs either $19.99 for a monthly subscription or $99 for an annual subscription.
At this stage DAZN is not available in the UK, though its owners have announced their intent to launch the service globally later this year with boxing again a major focus of their content.
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 weights
Official weights for Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 will be announced at the weigh-in on Friday January 29, 2021.
Whyte weighed in at 252lbs (18st) for their first meeting in August – exactly two stones heavier than Povetkin. The Russian tipped the scales at 224lbs (16st).
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 odds
Despite that shock in the first fight the UK bookmakers still make Dillian Whyte an odds-on favourite to gain revenge. ‘The Body Snatcher’ is a best-priced 2/5 to win on January 30. Povetkin meanwhile is generally a 2/1 shot with the draw a best-priced 40/1.
Alexander Povetkin record and profile
Alexander Povetkin has fought 39 times as a professional – registering 36 victories against two defeats with one draw. A total of 25 of Povetkin’s victories have come inside distance.
Povetkin was born in Kursk, Russa on September 2, 1979 and is currently 41 years old. He stands 6ft 2ins tall and has a reach of 75 ins. He weighed in at 224lbs at for his most recent bout – that stunning fifth-round stoppage of Whyte in Brentwood, Essex on Saturday August 22.
Earlier in his career, Povetkin became WBA world heavyweight champion when he scored a unanimous points victory over Ruslan Chagaev. That win in Erfurt, Germany in August 2011 earned him the vacant belt. He defended the title successfully on four occasions.
The first defeat of Povetkin’s career came when he lost his WBA world heavyweight title to Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow, Russia on October 5, 2013. Klitschko claimed the belt with a victory by unanimous decision.
Povetkin did not taste defeat again until September 22, 2018. That was when he was stopped by Anthony Joshua in his challenge for the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles at London’s Wembley Stadium. Povetkin started well and gave Joshua problems in the early going. But his bigger and stronger opponent gradually took control before forcing a stoppage in round 7.
Dillian Whyte record and profile
Dillian Whyte, known as ‘The Body Snatcher’, has fought 29 times professionally. He has registered 27 victories against just two defeats. Eighteen of those victories have come inside distance.
Whyte, born in Port Antonio, Jamaica on April 11, 1988, is now 32 years old. He fights out of Brixton in London, England. He turned professional on May 13, 2011 and won his first 16 fights in the paid ranks.
Whyte’s first professional defeat came at the hands of current IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The pair had a cracking scrap at London’s O2 Arena on December 12, 2015. Whyte eventually went down to defeat via a seventh-round TKO.
After that Joshua setback, Whyte racked up 11 victories on the bounce before the stunning loss to Povetkin.
Whyte stands 6ft 4ins tall and has a reach of 78 ins. He weighed 252lbs (18st) for his most recent bout. That of course was the first match with Povetkin.
Dillian had Xavier Miller heading up his corner for the first time in the first fight with Povetkin. He had split shortly before from Mark Tibbs. Whyte and Tibbs had teamed up for 11 straight victories after the loss to Joshua.
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 undercard
Details of the undercard for Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte 2 will be announced closer to fight night.