Same again will do for Dillian Whyte, only with a bit more caution and, of course, a different outcome.
Whyte looked like he had it under control last August but, against a fighter as proficient as Alexander Povetkin, you can’t afford to take your eye off the ball.
All it takes is a nano-second in the heavyweight division, particularly when faced with someone of Povetkin’s class.
As he showed in Eddie Hearn’s back garden Povetkin is a devastating puncher. Whyte probably took his foot off the gas because he had him down twice in the fourth.
Povetkin came out, saw a gap and threw the punch like a shot from a gun. Whyte was gone.
Two question emerge. How is Whyte affected? Can Povetkin rise again?
Whyte is making all the right noises, pointing out the last time he was stopped by Anthony Joshua he went 11 fights and five years unbeaten.
Also in his favour is the ability of heavyweights to absorb devastating blows. They seem to impact the lighter divisions more. Maybe that is to do with making weight.
If Whyte can box smartly he should deliver the stoppage that looked nailed on last time. But if he is damaged he could be vulnerable to the same result.
Though Povetkin was hurt he still had his wits about him. He threw the jab then dipped to the left. He knew Whyte was squaring up and saw the opening.
That was impressive, as you might expect from a fighter who won every major championship as an amateur, European, World and Olympic Gold.
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Only Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko have beaten him as a pro. At 41 he is nine years Whyte’s senior and slowing, but he still knows what he is doing in that ring.
He was down twice and getting beat. But the whole idea is to keep your form when you are tired. That is exactly what happened.
It wasn’t instinctive, it was slick. Slip the punch, load your weight onto the left foot, drive up and through the guard.
To avoid the same, Whyte needs to maintain his composure and let out his power methodically.
He must use his jab and explosiveness but not load up too early. If it comes to a firefight Povetkin is better placed. He is more controlled and compact.
Like last time, Whyte has to tire him out and wear him down. But unlike last time, he must not give him an inch because, as he now knows, Povetkin is good enough to take it.
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