For the main boxing event of the day, Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin square off in England at Fight Camp. This is expected to be the final edition of Fight Camp, with Whyte and Povetkin closing the show out for Eddie Hearn. He hasn’t been able to make much money off this bubble fighting in Brentwood, though maybe a match like Whyte and Povetkin can move the needle. There will be more buys for this fight than the other cards, I can guarantee that much.
It’s tough to make revenue in a bubble when it comes to boxing, though, especially when the cards don’t have really elite names for attention. Along with Whyte and Povetkin in England on Saturday, there is a big fight taking place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. No, don’t go looking for tickets because the fight will be from behind closed doors. Whyte vs. Povetkin is what will move the meter for most people on Saturday, though.
Although, from my point of view, this might not be a competitive fight. Barring an upset, Povetkin is going to have a tough time finding a win at Fight Camp on Saturday night. Maybe if Povetkin was five years younger he’d have a better chance, but he will have to catch Whyte napping for a clear win in this one. This fight pits the defending WBC interim heavyweight champion, Whyte, against the former heavyweight champ, Povetkin.
Does the old dog have something left in the tank to upset Whyte? Povetkin will likely fight a determined bout. He still knows his way around the ring, but the younger Whyte is going to be a chore for him. Povetkin’s biggest fight within the last two years was against Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium in 2018. That wasn’t a good matchup for Povetkin, and he lost in the seventh round due to a TKO. Whyte had a loss against Joshua in 2015 in the exact same fashion, a seventh round TKO. Head below for our free Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin pick for August 22, 2020.
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Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin Prediction:
Alexander Povetkin has to try and catch Dillian Whyte sleeping early in this fight. I think if this fight carries into the latter rounds, 40-year-old Povetkin probably isn’t going to hang around in this bout. Like I said, maybe five or two years ago Povetkin has the stamina to keep up with a younger fighter, but if things go deep, Whyte is going to be in his element. Povetkin has heart, but he can’t depend on that alone against a fighter of Whyte’s caliber.
We saw the same unfold against Anthony Joshua. Povetkin was in the fight early, but faded away and ultimately suffered a TKO against the younger Joshua. Now, Joshua is a better boxer than Whyte, and Povetkin is even the better technical fighter.
We put Whyte and Povetkin against each other when they’re both in their prime, then I would be inclined to give Povetkin a better chance of winning this bout. However, Whyte is only 32 and in the prime of his career, while Povetkin is on a down slope. Nobody can beat father time.
Overall in his career, Povetkin is 35-2 in his career, which dates back to 2005. He’s gone 1-1-1 in his last three outings, with a draw against Michael Hunter on December 7, 2019 his most recent performance. He will have to be better on Saturday than he was against Hunter.
The loss was versus Joshua on September 22, 2018, a TKO in the seventh round. Conversely, Whyte heads into Saturday with a record of 27-1. Since losing against Joshua, Whyte has won 11 straight fights. 18 of his wins have been by TKO or KO.
Expect Povetkin to keep things early on Saturday night. I could see this being an even fight from the first to sixth or seventh round. However, after that, it’s most likely going to be evident who the younger boxer is at that point. I am looking for Whyte to close this fight out in the ninth or tenth round by TKO or KO over Povetkin. If he succeed today, could we see Whyte in the ring with Tyson Fury soon?