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“I believe I beat Povetkin nine times out of ten”, says Dillian Whyte

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Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte is preparing for his scheduled rematch with Alexander Povetkin.

Whyte, who coming in was the WBC’s mandatory challenger to the world champion Tyson Fury, was dramatically knocked out in the fifth round by Povetkin, in the main event of the August finale of Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood.

For the first round rounds, Whyte was controlling the action and dropped Povetkin twice in the fourth. In the fifth, Povetkin landed a single uppercut to knock Whyte out cold.

Whyte exercised an immediate rematch clause, to set up the rematch for November 21.

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The twice-beaten fighter is very confident in his ability to regain the WBC’s interim-title with a victory.

“I don’t look for excuses,” said Whyte to Sky Sports.

“Listen, my coaching team did what they were supposed to do. They got me to the fight injury free, they got me to the fight in shape. We were boxing well, we were winning rounds, we were fighting one of the best [opponents] I have fought in a long time.

“Early doors I was making him miss. The punches that he usually lands, I was making him miss, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s boxing, you can win 11-and-a-half rounds and get stopped in the last 10 seconds.

“The team has done a great job, they got me in a good place. From what they got me from to what I was in Saudi. They got me down to 17 stone plus, we were happy. Credit due to Povetkin, fair play to him, he threw a good punch and it landed and what more can I say.

“Now we go into camp, we put it right, we come back again. I believe I beat Povetkin nine times out of ten.”

(Boxing scene)

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