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Hearn Explains Why Povetkin-Whyte Rematch is More About Mental Than Physical

Eddie Hearn, promoter for heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte, is more concerned about his boxer's mental state when he enters the ring for his upcoming rematch with Alexander Povetkin on November 21.

Last month at Matchroom's Fight Camp in Brentwood, Whyte was knocked out cold in the fifth round by Povetkin.

Povetkin had been down twice in the prior round, before clipping Whyte cold with a perfect uppercut in the fifth,

Whyte exercised an immediate rematch clause, with the second fight scheduled to take place on November 21.


Some observers have expressed worry about Whyte's physical condition, with the rematch taking place so soon after he suffered a vicious knockout.

But Hearn is not worried about Whyte's physical state. He's more focused on the mental aspect. The outcome of the first contest could be hanging in the back of Whyte's mind while he's in the  rematch.

“There are two ways to look at it; Dillian controlled the fight and was moments from winning until a one-in-a-million punch stunned him and the chances of that happening again in the rematch are very small," Hearn told The Sun.

“Or you can say that Povetkin took two of Dillian’s best shots, got off the floor twice and stopped him with the only real punch he connected with. It wasn’t a 12-round war or a prolonged beating so physically Dillian should be fine but the rematch is more about the psychological side.

“Dillian demanded the rematch straight away, no hesitation, because he believes it was just a split second mistake that he can correct. But Povetkin also snapped up the rematch because he now thinks he has the beating of Dillian and can pop back over to double his money with another easy night’s work. A knockout like that you can physically recover from reasonably quickly. But mentally it can leave a mark on fighters and we will find out on November 21.”

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Comment by kafkod on 10-01-2020

[QUOTE=El_Cholo;20788048][url][/url][/QUOTE] Ok, I'll give you that. It would be difficult for Whyte to be "getting up at 8" when the ref didn't even give him a count. Maybe Eddie started his own count in his head when Dillian went down.…

Comment by El_Cholo on 10-01-2020

[QUOTE=kafkod;20786420]Hearn never even said that.[/QUOTE] [url][/url]

Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 09-30-2020

[QUOTE=kafkod;20786419]Yeah right! How much money did you put on Povetkin?[/QUOTE] Because of the corruption within boxing I don’t put money on it. People who do deserve their big losses. Also, I’m not lying. There is absolutely nothing special about Whyte.

Comment by kafkod on 09-30-2020

[QUOTE=El_Cholo;20786415][B][I]Hearn needs to shut up, he has been an embarrassment these past few weeks with his comments, last week was outrageous when he claimed Whyte was moving to get up at 8![/I][/B] He was down for 40 seconds and that…

Comment by kafkod on 09-30-2020

[QUOTE=Boxingfanatic75;20786403]I truly wasn’t because Whyte has always been a fringe contender and nothing more.[/QUOTE] Yeah right! How much money did you put on Povetkin?

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