Dillian Whyte may have suffered a disastrous loss to Alexander Povetkin this past weekend, when he seemingly had the fight in hand and a clear path to a mandatory WBC title shot on deck, but he says he’s still raring to go for the rematch. Whyte tells Sky Sports the loss has not really hurt his spirit so much as it has invigorated him.
“I’ve never been this excited for a fight before in my life. I was excited for the first fight. Now, it’s like turning pro all over again. I’m buzzing. I want to go to training now. I’m forcing myself to take the two weeks’ rest. It’s all good. I learn quick. I just can’t wait to get back in there. I want to go now.”
Whyte goes on to say that certain moments in one’s life serve a certain purpose, and that just like his loss to Anthony Joshua got him refocused, this loss has done exactly the same thing. There are certain changes that Whyte knows he needs to make so he doesn’t suffer the same fate in what he expects will be a November/December rematch, but says he’s not planning to completely overhaul his style.
“I’m not all of a sudden going to become a Klitschko and fight Povetkin like a Klitschko. I’m not going to become a Joshua, or whatever. I have to do what I do, how I do it, and make adjustments and that’s the key word, adjustments.”
If Whyte is ever to regain his standing and challenge for a world title, this is a fight he absolutely has to get through, and one that will likely be just as dangerous as it was the first time around.