- Dillian Whyte got revenge on Alexander Povetkin with a round four knockout win
- The Briton dominated the rematch fight in Gibraltar from the opening seconds
- Whyte floored Povetkin with a fierce left-hand swipe to seal his victory
Dillian Whyte is back in world heavyweight title contention after exacting revenge on Alexander Povetkin with a fourth-round TKO win Saturday night.
Whyte regained the WBC interim title after flattening Povetkin with a left hook at the Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar, a British overseas territory located on Spain’s southern tip.
Povetkin knocked out Whyte last August, but he could not repeat the feat, as he was beaten for the third time as a professional. His two other losses came on points to Wladimir Klitschko for the WBA, IBF and WBO titles in 2013 and by stoppage to Anthony Joshua for the same belts three years ago.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs), 32, simply could not afford a third career defeat, after also getting stopped by Joshua in 2015.
The loss to Povetkin cost Whyte first place in the queue for a WBC title shot, and he dropped to No. 6 in that governing body’s rankings.
On the undercard, Campbell Hatton — son of former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton — made a successful professional debut with a 40-36 points win over Spain’s Jesus Ruiz (0-11). Hatton, 20, attacked the body just like his dad used to, and he won every round in a four-round lightweight bout.