Boxing: Dillian Whye and Alexander Povetkin promise ‘fireworks’ on Saturday

Dillian Whye and Alexander Povetkin promise ‘fireworks’ on Saturday

Dillian Whye and Alexander Povetkin promise ‘fireworks’ on Saturday

Dillian Whyte takes on Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.

The two heavyweight boxers are set to face-off on Saturday night.

The two will contest the WBC ‘interim’ and ‘diamond’ belts this weekend and met for the final time before the bout in a press conference on Thursday.

Both Whyte and Povetkin promised to turn up for the night in style with both issuing aggressive statements of intent.

Dillian Whye and Alexander Povetkin promise ‘fireworks’ on Saturday
Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin will battle for fight on Saturday night

Speaking to Sky Sports, Russian Povetkin said:

‘I have taken responsibility to train for this fight, understanding how serious it is.

‘You have to take Dillian seriously. I don’t like to make predictions – but it will be fireworks.’

Meanwhile, Whyte knows that victory in Brentwood on Saturday means he will keep his place as the mandatory challenger for the winner of Tyson Fury’s second rematch with Deontay Wilder in 2021.

Fury and Wilder are set to take each other on in December of this year, though the fight could be pushed back into 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.

But Whyte knows that a difficult challenge comes before that in Povetkin, who is an Olympic gold medallist.