Europa Point Sports Complex in Gibraltar
Lightning didn’t strike twice as Whyte gains revenge over Povetkin.
Dillian Whyte W RSF 4 Alexander Povetkin
(WBC Interim Heavyweight Title)
Fight Notes: Britain’s Dillian Whyte used his rematch against Russian Alexander Povetkin to win back the World Boxing Council interim heavyweight title this Saturday in Gibraltar.
The 32-year-old Whyte stopped his opponent in the fourth round. Last August, Whyte sent 41-year-old Povetkin to the canvas twice. But the Russian go up each time and beat him by knockout in the fifth round.
Whyte vindicated himself by stopping Povetkin in the fourth, this time around, with clusters of hard rights and then his trademark booming left hook. The Russian courageously got up, but on unsteady legs. The Referee correctly saved him and waved off the bout.
“He’s a tough guy but I felt like I could have finished the fight sooner. I think I can beat anyone. I got my title back and now I’m going to go for the absolute championship,” delighted Whyte commented.
The rematch between Whyte and Povetkin was initially scheduled for last November, but the Russian fell ill with covid-19 and the fight was postponed until January, but the restrictions decreed by the pandemic forced the fight to be postponed again.
Fabio Wardley W KO 5 Eric Molina
Fight Notes: Molina at 38 came in to the fight with more ambition than usual, taking the fight to Wardley on occasion.
The fight came alive in round 5 when Molina landed a flush right that caught Wardley. Retreating to the ropes, after landing a couple of follow up punches, Wardley sprung in to action catching Molina and laying him out for the count. The Molina camp complained that the last punch that caught him was on the back of the head.
Time of the stoppage was 0:52 of the 5th round.
Ted Cheeseman W KO 11 James Metcalf
(British Super Welterweight Title)
Fight Notes: Time of the stoppage was 3:10 of the 11th round as Metcalf was put on his back just before the bell went for the end of the 11th round.
Campbell Hatton W PTS UD 4 Jesus Ruiz
Fight Notes: Sloppy, a leaky defence being caught repeatedly and gasping for air in the last round, this “hurricane” is no “hitman”. He was even on the back foot at the end of the fight against a game Spaniard who had not won a professional bout. The score was understandably 40-36 (Hatton winning each round).
Yes, it was Hatton’s pro debut and there is a lot of work to be done, but this already looks like an accident waiting to happen with the non existent defence.
Michael McKinson W PTS UD 10 Chris Kongo
(WBO Global Welterweight Title)
Fight Notes: Scores were 97-93, 96-94, 95-94, all for a McKinson unanimous points victory.
Nick Webb W KO 2 Erik Pfeifer
Fight Notes: Time of the stoppage was 1:51 of the 2nd round for a Webb knockout victory.
Youssef Khoumari W KO 5 Kane Baker
Event Notes: Matchroom Boxing promote, DAZN (US) & Sky Sports PPV (UK) televise.
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