This weekend marks what is likely to be the final hurdle in Dillian Whyte’s path to a long-awaited shot at the WBC heavyweight title, as he takes on Alexander Povetkin at Matchroom Fight Camp.
If Whyte can defeat Povetkin, he will join Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in being the only men to have had their hand raised against the tough Russian, who will be entering the ring for the 39th time on Saturday night.
In spite of labouring to a victory in his last contest against Mariusz Wach, Whyte has been on a stellar run of form overcoming Joe Parker, Oscar Rivas and Dereck Chisora on his was to the interim WBC title.
However, Russian promoter Al Siesta has warned Whyte not to overlook Povetkin, who he described as still being ‘a killer’.
He added: “That fight is wonderful, it’s capturing my imagination. Povetkin has the killer edge to take Whyte at any time, Dillian Whyte is a world-class fighter the same as Povetkin.
“Nobody wants to fight Michael Hunter, Povetkin dropped Hunter and it was an incredibly even contest – this is the animal Dillian will have to overcome.
“I fancy Povetkin, but Dillian can find something, he is able to find something all the time, like with Oscar Rivas, there’s something there with Dillian.”