Povetkin Comes From Behind To KO Dillian Whyte in 5th Round – Taylor Outpoints Persoon (Fight Camp Week 4 Results)
by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alexander Povetkin 36-2-1, 25 KO’s (16st) W KO 5 Dillian Whyte 27-2, 18 KO’s (18st 6oz)
Sometimes in boxing a banana skin comes along to upset the plans and dreams of a boxer. After waiting over 1000 days for his way overdue shot at the WBC heavyweight belt, Dillian Whyte risked all and showed why he is a true gladiator taking on the former champion that whist elite, was 40 and not the force he was.
As they say, the last thing a fighter loses is his punch, and that old saying could not be more evident as Povetkin delivered a highlight reel come from a behind KO having been on the floor 3 times himself.
After a cagey start from both fighters, Whyte started to open up and catch Povetkin who looked a little shaky with his balance seemingly off. Whyte had Povetkin down twice in round 4 only for Povetkin to return the favour but for the full count in round 5.
A stunned and silent broadcast team (and I think anyone that was watching the fight remotely) were privy to why heavyweight boxing is so dramatic and unpredictable.
The banana skin was there and he slipped on it.
(WBC Interim Heavyweight Title)
(Dillian Whyte quotes at the bottom of the page)
Katie Taylor 16-0, 6 KO’s (9st 8lbs 3oz) W PTS 10 Delfine Persoon 44-3, 18 KO’s (9st 6lbs 7oz)
Facial damage for Persoon in round 2. Forehead damage on Katie Taylor from mid rounds. Taylor started well, boxing and not getting drawn into Persoon’s slug fest of a match, but later getting drawn in. As the rounds passed, Persoon appeared to take control of the fight despite the judges scorecards saying a different story. The decision was not popular with most at ringside, Persoon gracious in defeat.
Scores were 98-93, 96-94, 96-94 all for Taylor.
(Undisputed World Lightweight Championship)
Chris Congo 12-0, 7 KO’s (10st 5lbs 5oz) W RSF 9 Luther Clay 13-2, 5 KO’s (10st 5lbs 8oz)
Clay caught by a right on the top of his head and was in trouble in round 5. He continued bravely to work his way back into the fight but was in trouble again, being knocked down in the 9th round which prompted his corner to throw in the towel. Time was 2:44 of the 9th round.
(WBO Global Welterweight Championship)
Alen Babic 4-0, 4 KO’s (14st 9lbs) KO 2 Shawndell Winters 13-4, 12 KO’s (13st 12lbs)
Winters was down in the 1st round and twice in round 2. Living up to his promise, the Dillian Whyte managed fighter easily dismantled Winters that weighed below the cruiserweight limit. With the nickname of ‘savage,’ we learnt more about Babic in this fight than the previous 3 fights combined that were all against journeymen that had a losing record. The finish came at 2:20 of the 2nd round.
Jack Cullen 18-2-1, 9 KO’s (11st 10lbs) D (SD) 10 Zak Chelli 7-1-1, 3 KO’s (11st 10lbs 8oz)
Both fighters with facial damage, Chelli with a badly swollen left eye from round 3 and Cullen with a cut from the mid rounds. Scores were 97-93 Chelli, 96-95 Cullen, 95-95 even. The bout at super middleweight was a drawer.
A disappointed Whyte said: “He dipped low, I shoot the hook, he came with the uppercut. And that was it. It’s all good. The main thing is we’ve got a rematch, we need to exercise the rematch, try and get it done. By the end of the year. I will have a couple of weeks rest and get straight back in the gym. It is not like I need to improve or anything, I just need to be a bit more switched on in certain stages and clock on to his plotting a bit better. When he dipped low, I realised he would come for the hook or the uppercut, so it is a simple adjustment to make.”
“I have no regrets. It was a great fight, obviously Povetkin done well,” Whyte added. “I know I can beat him, I knew I could beat him. I showed that from round one. From round one I was getting on to him, but obviously he is a really experienced guy, his corner was on the verge of pulling him out and he pulled out one of the best punches of his career.
“I was a little bit annoyed because it is a silly mistake. I have blocked that punch 100 times in training and the one time it needed to be block, I was a little bit too late to block it. I decided to counter instead of blocking it and that’s what happens. He was on his last legs and I was pressing him as well. It is what it is, heavyweight boxing and that’s what happens.”