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Dillian Whyte Drives 40 Hours To Begin Camp For Povetkin

Dillian Whyte Drives 40 Hours To Begin Camp For Povetkin On 5/2

By Manouk Akopyan

Dillian Whyte is approaching his upcoming fight against Alexander Povetkin on May 2 as all systems go despite the coronavirus global pandemic that has caused an abrupt stop to every major sporting event around the world.

Whyte kickstarted camp in Portugal, telling Matchroom Boxing head and promoter Eddie Hearn via Instagram Live that he drove 40 hours non-stop from his house to begin training.

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Whyte opted for a car instead of an airplane not for the fear of catching germs, but because he wanted to bring his dogs along for the ride as well for a fight that’s slated to take place at the Manchester Arena in England.

“The mindset is my date is not cancelled, my date is still going ahead, so I’m training. I’m a professional, I’m trying to be professional and keep training, and trying to stay positive,” said Whyte. "It's very important to show people in this time that it's important to train, to get on with life the best you can in these kinds of situations, because it is easy to panic and just shut down. I'm just trying to show as much positivity as I can .. It's quiet but there's food on the shelves and I have a good set-up here.”

On Monday, the British Boxing Board of Control suspended all events until the end of April.

Hearn is still uncertain how he’ll be handling the Whyte fight.

“It’s going to take time for people to gain confidence, trust and want to go out again,” said Hearn in a separate interview. “We have contingencies in place to move Dillian Whyte to the middle of June ... We’ll make an official announcement this week.”

The 31-year-old Whyte (27-1, 18 KO) also shifted the conversation with Hearn toward his lone conqueror in Antony Joshua, who beat him in 2015.

“I’ve come a long way physically and mentally since that time,” said Whyte. “I think we’ve both come on so much and learned so much. We have so much mutual respect. I’d like to fight Joshua two or three more times in my career, win, lose or draw. That fight would make you run extra miles. It would make you do things correctly, that one fight.

“We just have to get through this hard time. This is a serious time in the world to be talking about boxing. But as soon as it clears up, me and the guys will be ready to go,”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com and currently does TV commentary for combat sports programming that airs on Fox Sports and hosts his own radio show in Los Angeles. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.

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Comment by EDDIE SPERM on 03-28-2020

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Comment by Jkp on 03-25-2020

“I’ve come a long way physically and mentally since that time,” - yep, you looked awful against Wach. Just like you did against AJ.

Comment by Oshio on 03-25-2020

These Wilder fans do not understand the use of hyperbole at all... Very soured after their idol lost to a superior boxer in skills, intellect and all. Will they ever stop crying?

Comment by Corelone on 03-25-2020

[QUOTE=James Hunt;20478983]Will have to become Whyte's mandatory. :D[/QUOTE] Where is Dillian getting a title? If Eddy liked Whyte, he would have given him one.

Comment by PotentialToast on 03-25-2020

[QUOTE=Speedbaggage;20478742]40 hours for a 200 mile journey? That's 5 mph. He could have jogged it easily at that speed. Lazy **** drove the car while the dogs walked next to it I bet.[/QUOTE] South London to Portugal is 200m! More…

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