‘The first thing he said was ‘give me that rematch”: Eddie Hearn reveals that Dillian Whyte has clause to take on Alexander Povetkin again after shock KO… and Brit is desperate to avenge defeat at Fight Camp
Dillian Whyte will seek a rematch with Alexander Povetkin after his world title dream was left in tatters on Saturday night.
Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on heavyweight Whyte, 32, with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.
Whyte had dominated the opening four rounds and twice sent the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas.
Dillian Whyte will seek a rematch with Alexander Povetkin after his shock defeat on Saturday
But Povetkin turned the fight on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended the fight in an instant behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex.
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed there was a rematch clause which he will exercise before the end of the year.
He said: ‘I can’t quite believe it to be honest. When the punch landed I felt I was in some dream.
Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on Whyte, with a sensational fifth-round knock-out
‘The fight was over virtually after two heavy knockdowns, but this is the drama of the sport we love.
‘We have a rematch clause, the first thing he said was give me that rematch. We will exercise the rematch clause and do that before the end of the year.
‘You have to understand where Whyte came from, it is crippling for him to lose tonight but I believe he can beat him in the rematch.
‘This is the drama of heavyweight boxing and one punch can change everything.’
Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed he will exercise a rematch clause this year