Dillian Whyte’s stunning Knockout of the Year upset loss to Alexander Povetkin couldn’t have possibly come at a worst time in his career, but the 32-year-old heavyweight is looking forward to a December rematch, and still stressing that he doesn’t regret taking the fight.
“I’ve never feared losing,” Whyte wrote on Instagram. “I’m a real fighter that will fight anyone, anytime. Congratulations to my opponent but December we will go to WAR and it will be beautiful.
“I have no regrets because I give you my all, and I will continue to, until the end. From me to those like myself that came from nothing watch me rise and rule as number one.”
Whyte (27-2, 18 KO) was right on the doorstep of finally getting the WBC title shot he’s been chasing for years, and seemed in control of the bout before Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KO) drilled him with a perfect uppercut early in the fifth round.
The plan is now for a rematch in December, with Whyte having a rematch clause in his contract. But even if he wins the rematch, and the WBC’s interim title which makes you mandatory challenger, he won’t have the same time frame to get a shot at the full WBC belt. That’s all been reset, and that goes if Povetkin wins again, too. The WBC have already stated there won’t be a mandatory obligation for their heavyweight titleholder in 2021.