We’re now just one day away from the heavyweight rematch between Alexander Povetkin and Dillian Whyte, and looking forward to his shot at redemption after being knocked out in their first meeting, Whyte tells Sky Sports that he’s come back from much worse in his life.
Whyte begins by reflecting on his childhood, caught up in a street life that he was lucky to survive by his account. Whyte says he’d had assassination attempts on his life, was stabbed, and also kidnapped — not to mention becoming a father by the age of 13. But a visit from his mother while he was behind bars changed the course of Whyte’s life, which ultimately led him to becoming a world heavyweight championship contender.
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So if Whyte was about to rebound his life outside of the ring, he sees no reason why he can’t do exactly the same in Saturday’s rematch knowing that he’s come back from losses before. But he doesn’t exactly feel the same way about some other heavyweights.
“Guys like Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr never went through these things [during their upbringing] so, when they lose, they start talking,” he says. “I’ve had two losses and bounced back. Wilder had one loss and gone crazy, accusing his trainer, accusing, accusing, accusing. That’s not what a champion does. A champion finds a way.”
If Whyte is to ever get over the hump to become a major world champion, this is a fight he knows he needs to win, but being used to having his back against the wall his entire life Whyte isn’t letting the pressure get to him.