Dillian Whyte knows it’s sink or swim time in the heavyweight division as he prepares to avenge his devastating knockout defeat to Alexander Povetkin last August in Gibraltar. The Body Snatcher had the Russian veteran down twice in the fourth round at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp before a stunning uppercut knocked him cold in the fifth to wipe his WBC mandatory shot from beneath his feet.
The rematch clause was triggered immediately and the second fight looked set to take place in November.
However, Povetkin then tested positive for COVID-19 back home in Russia and the bout was postponed.
It was then pencilled in for January but Povetkin struggled to recover from the effects of coronavirus before the rematch was eventually finalised for March 27 in Gibraltar.
Whoever prevails will take home the WBC interim heavyweight title and diamond belt, while withholding the right to fight the winner of Tyson Fury’s versus Anthony Joshua.
The undercard is also stacked with a number of cracking fights as Eddie Hearn serves up yet another blockbuster bill.
Suffolk heavyweight Fabio Wardley who is managed by Whyte takes on former heavyweight world title challenger Eric Molina while Ted Cheeseman and James Metcalf go to war for the vacant British super-welterweight title.
Young Campbell Hatton, son of Ricky, also makes his pro debut when he takes on Jesus Ruiz of Spain.
Chris Kongo and Michael McKinson also lock horns for the WBO global welterweight title.
German heavyweight Erik Pfeifer, also managed by Whyte, takes on Nick Webb to kickstart the main card.
Queensbury Promotions also have a card at BT Sport Studios, courtesy of Frank Warren.
Schedules and Running Order
Matchroom Boxing (Gibraltar)
Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin (WBC heavyweight interim title)
Fabio Wardley vs Eric Molina (heavyweight)
Ted Cheeseman vs JJ Metcalf (British super-welterweight title)
Campbell Hatton vs Jesus Ruiz (debut)
Chris Kongo vs Michael Mickinson (WBO global welterweight title)
Eric Pfeifer vs Nick Webb (heavyweight)
Youssef Khoumari vs Kane Baker (super-featherweight)
Queensbury Promotions (London)
Willy Hutchinson vs Lennox Clarke (Commonwealth and British super middleweight title)
Nathan Gorman vs Pavel Sour (heavyweight)
Live Streams and Fight Times
The full Whyte vs Povetkin 2 card will be shown on Sky Sports Box Office at the cost of £19.95, with the main event expected to get underway around 10:30pm.
Fans watching outside the UK can watch on DAZN, the American streaming service.
They will be providing coverage for fans in up to 200 countries around the world.
The first fight of the night between Khoumari and Baker will be shown on Sky Sports Facebook.
You can watch Hutchinson and Gorman in action on BT Sport 1 in the UK on Saturday evening.
What’s been said?
Dillian Whyte: “The first fight was a good fight, we both fought well, I knocked him down a couple of times and he came back to win – he landed a good punch. I’m glad that he took the rematch, I’m glad we’re here again. We’re about to get it on again in two days, I want to say a massive thanks to the Gibraltan people and team who have made this happen.
“This is the most important fight of my career. Like I said this is boxing, I’ve been through ups and downs my whole life so I’m using to bouncing back, proving people wrong, showing people what I can when they’ve written me off.
“I’m good. People talking about the defeat, it’s nothing. I’m doing something, changing my life and I’m constantly improving. Povetkin’s a good fighter, top amateur, gold medallist, but I’m learning, improving and getting better every day. Saturday I’m going to leave it all on the line once again.
“The main thing is the win; I’m a competitor and I hate losing so I want to make it 1-1. I’ll get the win whatever, you’ve seen me adapt in different fight – getting off the floor and winning, out jabbed fighters that faster than me. My coaching team has worked hard on different plans and working different areas.”