Whyte vs. Povetkin result: Alexander Povetkin stops Dillian Whyte with vicious KO uppercut in fifth round

Whyte vs. Povetkin result: Alexander Povetkin stops Dillian Whyte with vicious KO uppercut in fifth round

After more than 1,000 days as the WBC’s No. 1 contender at heavyweight, Dillian Whyte took the risk of putting his coveted status — and the WBC interim championship — on the line against 40-year-old Alexander Povetkin. The risk did not pay off at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp on Saturday, with Povetkin scoring a brutal comeback knockout for the upset victory to claim the WBC interim heavyweight championship.

The fight began with some close rounds, both men working off the jab and digging shots to the body. But Whyte stepped on the gas in Round 4, first catching Povetkin with two right hands and then a cuffing left hand to score a knockdown before scoring another moments later with a hard uppercut. Whyte didn’t have enough time to go for the finish before the round came to a close, however, and Povetkin looked to have recovered as he came out of his corner to start Round 5. 

Thirty seconds later, it was all over. Povetkin unleashed a flawless left uppercut to the chin of Whyte, stiffening his body and sending him crashing down the ropes and to the canvas.

There was no need for a count as the referee waived off the contest at the 0:30 mark of the fifth round, a stunning turn of events that upends the heavyweight division below the “big three” of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

After his victory, Povetkin revealed that the uppercut he used to finish the fight was something he and his team had trained for, and that he retained his confidence even after being knocked down twice in Round 4.

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“I didn’t feel that I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round,” Povetkin said. “Yes, I went down twice, but it wasn’t too much damage. … I was watching his fights and took into account that he missed the uppercut from the left and the right. So I trained for just those shots.”

Whyte had been patiently waiting for his opportunity to fight for the WBC belt while Wilder and Fury battled through their rivalry. After looking out of shape in his previous fight, a decision win over Mariusz Wach this past December, Whyte showed up looking to be much more physically fit only to be caught by the brutal left of Povetkin.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to point out that the men had a rematch clause in the contract and that he plans to get Whyte and Povetkin back together again. The hope would be that Whyte will regain his previous status as the WBC’s top contender.

“We have a rematch clause,” Hearn said. “The first thing Dillian said was, ‘Give me that rematch. Give me that rematch.’ It was a heavy knockout, so he’ll have to recover. We will execute that rematch clause. … He will rematch Alexander Povetkin and I believe he can beat him and bring his No. 1 position back to life. Tonight, this is the ups and downs of boxing.”

CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday, so be sure to read below for all the results and highlights from the Fight Camp action.  

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Whyte vs. Povetkin card results

Alexander Povetkin def. Dillian Whyte (c) via fifth-round KO (uppercut) to win WBC interim heavyweight title
Katie Taylor def. Delphine Persoon via unanimous decision (98-93, 96-94)
Chris Kongo def. Luther Clay via ninth-round TKO
Alen Babic def. Shawndell Winters via second-round TKO
Zak Chelli vs. Jack Cullen ruled a split draw (97-93, 95-96, 95-95)

Whyte vs. Povetkin scorecard, live coverage

Whyte

9

10

10

10

39

Povetkin

10

9

9

7

KO

35

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