Dillian Whyte will put his WBC interim heavyweight title on the line against Alexander Povetkin as he looks to secure a superfight against Tyson Fury.
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Dillian Whyte will return to the ring on Saturday, May 2 at the Manchester Arena when he takes on heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Whyte, who holds the interim WBC belt, is already mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury’s WBC title and has already been installed as the favourite to win this contest.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes have Whyte as the overwhelming favourite to win at 2/7, while you can get odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power that Whyte wins this one by knockout.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed the fight was going ahead on Twitter and it will also be part of Sky Sports’ Box Office coverage.
Maximum violence!!! @DillianWhyte will defend his @wbcboxing interim World heavyweight title against Alexander Povetkin May 2 @manchesterarena – huge card coming with more announcements this week ? @skysportsboxing @dazn_usa ?? pic.twitter.com/unIQjCZOU4
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) March 3, 2020
Whyte was last in the ring when he defeated Mariusz Wach by decision after 10 rounds on the undercard of Anthony Joshua versus Andy Ruiz Jr 2 in Saudi Arabia, while Povetkin was on the same card and fought to a draw against Michael Hunter.
Povetkin is dangerous, he has already beaten the likes of David Price and Hughie Fury, while he suffered a seventh-round TKO loss to Joshua back in September 2018.
Whyte told Sky Sports: “This is a great fight, Povetkin is an Olympic gold medalist, has loads of experience. He’s a former world champion and he’s only lost to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
“He is still very dangerous, he gave AJ a lot of problems and then beat Hughie Fury. I am not overlooking him at all, he will come in shape, he’s tough and very well-schooled.”