Frank Warren, co-promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, believes Alexander Povetkin is more than capable of knocking Dillian Whyte out cold on Saturday night.
Back in August of 2020, Povetkin was down twice in the fourth round - but then he came out in the fifth and landed a perfect uppercut to knock Whyte out cold.
Because of travel issues, and Povetkin being diagnosed with COVID-19, the rematch was postponed several times.
The second fight finally takes place this weekend in Gibraltar.
With the WBC's interim-heavyweight title at stake, the Povetkin-Whyte will inch closer to a shot at Fury.
Warren could see Whyte pulling off the victory - but he backs Povetkin to secure another victory by knockout.
"I think what’s going to benefit Dillian is the fact that the fight has been pushed back for various reasons. I think that does him a favor because going straight back into a rematch, which they were going to do what eight or ten weeks after the event, that wouldn’t have done him any favors," Warren told IFL TV.
“That was a bad knockout that he had. It’s really how has COVID affected Povetkin. He caught COVID, didn’t he? How has it affected him, and I’m much older than him, I speak from experience. It’s not something that just leaves your system just like that. It’s in you. Hopefully, he’s over that now, and if he is over it, I think Dillian is going to have a tough night because he knows he has the power to knock him over, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same thing happens again. He’s going to have to really, really try and get Povetkin in the position where he hopefully runs out of gas, as far as he’s concerned.
“I think Povetkin now has got his measure. That was a big shot that he caught him with, a big, big shot. So what’s he [Whyte] going to do? Is he going to trade with him or is he going to stand off him? For me, he’s [Dillian] got to outwork him. He’s got to really make every round like it’s the last round, and try and wear him down. If he does that, he might get through it, but I do favor Povetkin to do the same thing again."