Alexander Povetkin stunned Dillian Whyte last August, laying the Body Snatcher out with a monstrous uppercut in the fifth round. The Londoner had been cruising through the fight and had dropped his opponent to the canvas twice before Povetkin delivered his brutal bolt from the blue. Will it be revenge for Whyte in this rematch? Read on to find out how to watch a Povetkin vs Whyte live stream online and catch all the boxing action tonight from anywhere in the world – with FREE options available in some regions.But a crushing fifth-round uppercut sent him on a diversion that few would have envisaged, packing his bags for a small British overseas territory and a rematch with huge ramifications for his career.
A win on Saturday would silence the doubters and put Whyte firmly back on track, but the fall that a repeat performance would bring is likely to be more precipitous than the drop from the famous Rock of Gibraltar, which stands proudly just a few short miles from where the fight will take place.
Whyte was left to nurse his wounds, both physical and emotional, after a second career loss when the first fight had seemed to be going his way.
Not once but twice he put Povetkin down in the fourth round, only for the Russian to climb to his feet and seal the deal in the next thanks to a colossal uppercut.
And now ‘The Body Snatcher’ knows he is laying it all on the line this weekend, describing a bout nominally for the WBC ‘interim’ title as “the most important fight of my career”.
The unexpected location is the result of some creative thinking from promoter Eddie Hearn amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the Europa Point Sports Complex able to host 500 spectators for the ‘Rumble on the Rock’.
Whyte is the bookmakers’ firm favourite, as he was in the first meeting, but painting Povetkin as an underdog who produced a lucky shot would be a long way wide of the mark.
The experienced campaigner will expect to have to soak up some pressure and wait for his moment, but he showed in brutal fashion last time out that he is capable of doing just that.
It was a thrilling heavyweight clash between the pair in the Matchroom bubble seven months ago, when Anthony Joshua was watching on as a pundit.
Whyte had lost almost a stone and a half since his previous bout with Mariusz Wach, looking sharp in the early stages as he landed the jab frequently.
He refused to let up and had Povetkin downed with a brilliant punch early in round four, yet the veteran fighter was quickly back to his feet.
The assault continued and Povetkin was dropped again in the closing stages of the same round by a venomous left uppercut.
Yet, in a stunning turnaround, the fight was ended by one huge Povetkin blow moments into the fifth.