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Dillian Whyte looking to change up game plan for Alexander Povetkin rematch

Whyte’s trainer suggests he’ll impart more of a Kronk style of fighting this time around.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

After Dillian Whyte recently enlisted trainer Harold Knight to work alongside his team for his March 27th rematch with Alexander Povetkin, Knight says he’s looking to shake things up a bit — namely by taking some inspiration from Tyson Fury’s stoppage over Deontay Wilder in their rematch. Knight, who has worked out of the Kronk gym, will try to impart more of that style into Whyte, believing that this time around things will work out differently for the British fighter.

“It will be similar to Tyson Fury’s performance against Wilder. In that similar direction. Sugar Hill changed the whole game plan against Wilder. They did not expect Fury to do what he did. It was a complete overhaul and they changed his way of thinking and he did it by having fun.”

When Whyte and Povetkin first met, Whyte had seemed to be performing well in the fight until a huge uppercut from Povetkin put him down and out. Whyte was adamant about wanting an immediate rematch and will get his wish soon, but this time Knight says things will be different with him in the corner.

“We’re not going to make the same mistakes against Povetkin and Dillian’s going to use his IQ. We’re going to harness what Dillian likes to do and adjust and modify.”

Knight would continue by saying how he admires Whyte for taking his knockout to Povetkin like a man, without making any sort of excuses for the loss. And in that same vein, Knight expects Whyte to demonstrate his greatness by bouncing right back from that setback to reclaim his position.

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