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Whyte vs Povetkin highlights: Watch Alexander Povetkin knock out Dillian Whyte with massive uppercut

One shot changed everything in today’s heavyweight main event.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

It’s always said that in heavyweight boxing, one shot can change everything. Most times that one shot doesn’t come, really. Today, it did.

Alexander Povetkin upset Dillian Whyte with a monstrous uppercut early in the fifth round, putting Whyte (27-2, 18 KO) out before he ever even hit the canvas, and taking Whyte’s shot at the WBC heavyweight title from him in sudden, thunderous fashion.

Here’s the knockout, courtesy DAZN:

The 40-year-old Povetkin — he actually turns 41 on Sept. 2 — had been dropped twice in the fourth round himself, once on a left hook and again on a left uppercut, but he found a big opening on Whyte and finished things off just 30 seconds into the fifth round.

As for what’s next, it seems likely it will be a rematch. Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed post-fight that Whyte, 32, has a rematch clause, and that they plan to exercise that and put on Povetkin-Whyte 2 by the end of 2020. Povetkin does have the interim WBC heavyweight title now, but only Whyte was guaranteed a next shot at the WBC belt held by Tyson Fury coming into this bout, not Povetkin.

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