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Whyte vs Povetkin: Alen Babic vs Shawndell Winters added to undercard

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The Croatian heavyweight will return on Saturday.

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Croatian heavyweight Alen Babic will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 22, as part of the Whyte-Povetkin undercard on DAZN and Sky Box Office.

The 29-year-old Babic (3-0, 3 KO) will face American Shawndell Winters (13-3, 12 KO). The 39-year-old Winters is coming off of a fifth round TKO loss to ex-titleholder Joseph Parker on Feb. 29 in Miami, but also upset Oleksandr Teslenko in Sept. 2019 via fifth round TKO. He’s a scrappy heavyweight who comes to fight and also has losses to Brian Howard in 2017 and Nikodem Jezewski in April 2019. He’s not been afraid to travel, losing to Jezewski in Poland and beating Teslenko in Canada, plus another trip to Poland in Nov. 2019 for a win over Sergiej Werwejko.

Babic turned pro in July 2019 and is hoping to break out soon, with wins so far in Italy (twice) and the United Kingdom. Winters will be a clear step up for him, but if Matchroom is giving him this sort of stage there’s at least some hope that he might turn out to be worthwhile. Babic has been working with card headliner Dillian Whyte in training camp.