Whyte vs Povetkin result: Alexander Povetkin stops Dillian Whyte with vicious fifth round knockout uppercut

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After more than 1,000 days as the WBC’s No.1 heavyweight, Dillian Whyte took the risk of putting his coveted status – and the WBC Provisional Championship – on the line against Alexander Povetkin, 40. The risk did not pay off at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp on Saturday, with Povetkin scoring a brutal knockout for the thwarted victory to win the interim WBC heavyweight championship.The fight began with a few close rounds, with both men working on the jab and digging punches into the body. But Whyte hit the accelerator in the fourth round, catching Povetkin first with two right hands, then a cuffed left hand to score a knockdown before scoring another moment later with a hard uppercut. Whyte didn’t have enough time to go for the finish before the end of the round, however, and Povetkin appeared to have recovered by coming out of his corner to start the fifth inning.

Thirty seconds later, it was all over. Povetkin unleashed a flawless left uppercut to Whyte’s chin, stiffening his body and sending him crashing onto the ropes and the canvas.

There was no need to count as the referee waived the contest at 0:30 of the fifth round, an astonishing turn of events that rocked the heavyweight division under the ‘big three’ of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

After his win, Povetkin revealed that the upercut he used to finish the fight was something he and his team had trained for, and that he retained his confidence even after being knocked down twice in the fourth. tower.

“I didn’t feel like I would end the fight like this, but I was pretty confident in the fourth round,” Povetkin said. “Yes, I fell twice, but it wasn’t too much damage. … I watched his fights and realized that he had missed the upercut from the left and the right. So I trained for these shots. ”

Whyte had patiently waited for his opportunity to fight for the WBC belt while Wilder and Fury battled in their rivalry. After appearing out of shape in his previous fight, a decision victory over Mariusz Wach last December, Whyte has shown himself to be much more physically fit only to be caught by Povetkin’s brutal left.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to point out that the men had a rematch clause in the contract and that he planned to reunite Whyte and Povetkin again. The hope would be for Whyte to regain his former status as top contender at the WBC.

“We have a rematch clause,” Hearn said. “The first thing Dillian said was, ‘Give me that rematch. Give me that revenge. It was a heavy knockout, so he will have to recover. We will execute this revenge clause. … He will face Alexander Povetkin and I believe he can beat him and bring his No.1 position back to life. Tonight, these are the ups and downs of boxing. ”

CBS Sports was with you throughout the course on Saturday, so be sure to read all the results and action highlights from the Fight Camp below.

Whyte vs Povetkin card results

Alexander Povetkin defeats. Dillian Whyte (c) via fifth round knockout (uppercut) to win interim WBC heavyweight title
Katie Taylor won. Delphine Persoon by unanimous decision (98-93, 96-94)
Chris Kongo beats. Luther Clay via TKO in the ninth round
Alen Babic def. Shawndell Winters via Second Round TKO
Zak Chelli vs. Jack Cullen ruled in a draw (97-93, 95-96, 95-95)

Whyte vs Povetkin scoreboard, live coverage

Whyte

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Povetkin

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